A Control Panel is a web-based interface via which you can control numerous aspects of your presence online. For example, you can set up or change site files, set up and check e-mails, control databases, check visitor stats etc. These things are carried out using buttons and menus in a web browser and the Control Panel could also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the admin area associated with your web hosting account. Most of the Control Panels available on the market will permit you to manage all hosting-related matters, but you will usually require a different system to control payments or to get a new domain in case the company offers domain registrations. Depending on the platform they utilize, you may be able to use the billing account to open a support ticket to ask a question or to resolve a problem as well, or you may need to use a third system.