A Control Panel is a web-based user interface using which you can control different aspects of your world-wide web presence. As an example, you can easily set up or edit site files, create and check e-mail messages, manage databases, check visitor statistics and so forth. Those things are carried out using buttons and menus within a web browser and the Control Panel may also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the administrative area associated with your hosting account. Most of the Control Panels out there will allow you to control all hosting-related matters, but you'll commonly require a different system to take care of payments or to get a new domain if the company offers domain registrations. Depending on the platform they use, you may be able to use the billing account to open a support ticket to ask a question or to troubleshoot and fix a problem too, or you may need to employ a 3rd system.