A Control Panel is a web-based user interface using which you can handle various aspects of your online presence. For example, you may set up or edit website files, set up and check email messages, handle databases, check visitor statistics and so forth. These things are performed using buttons and menus inside an internet browser and the Control Panel can also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the administration area associated with your website hosting account. Most of the Control Panels available will allow you to manage all hosting-related matters, but you'll normally require a different system to manage payments or to get a new domain name in case the company offers domain registrations. Depending on the platform they employ, 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 have to use a third system.