Index of Terms- Domains & Emails

  • Overview

    Below you will find a list of terms that you might come across regarding domains & Emails.

    If you are looking for a specific term, you can easily find it by pressing CTRL + F on your keyboard and typing your search term in the field.

  • Domain & Email Terms

    Term Definition
    A An A record is an address record. A records are most commonly used to map hostnames to an IP address of the host. You can add your A records to Wix by using the Domain Manager.
    Admin contact The representative of the Registrant Contact. This person is authorized by the Registrant Contact to make any relevant changes to the domain name.
    Browser A browser is a program that provides a way to look at and interact with information on the internet. Examples of browsers are: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome
    CNAME A CNAME record is a canonical name record. It specifies that the domain name is an alias of another, canonical domain name. You can add your CNAME records to Wix by using the Domain Manager.
    DNS Name Servers (or Domain Name Servers) are the machines that perform the DNS function by providing the mapping of domain names to IP addresses. Wix's DNS are: NS1.WIX.COM and NS2.WIX.COM. When connecting your domain to your Wix site, we recommend that you connect it to our Name Servers
    Domain host The company that sold you your domain (ex: Wix, Godaddy...) is different from the company where you built your website. Wix is your site host but can also be your domain host if you have purchased a domain name from us as well.
    Domain renewal Domain renewal means lengthening the contract of your domain name. For instance, if you purchased a domain name for one year, at the end of the year you would have to renew it so that it does not expire and get deleted from the registry.
    Domain/Domain name A name that you assign to your website. ex:
    Email host/ Email provider
    Email hosting is an internet hosting service which allows users to manage their email messages through email servers. Businesses usually purchase email hosting services in order to create custom emails for their domain name. For example, if your domain name is, you can create email accounts such as or
    FTP FTP stands for "File Transfer Protocol". FTP technology allows you to transfer files between two computers over the internet.
    IP address An IP address is assigned to every computer on a network and is used to identify network computers.
    MX An MX record is a mail exchange record. MX records map a domain name to a list of message transfer agents for that domain. You can add your MX records to Wix by using the Domain Manager.
    Pending deletion If a domain name is not renewed, it will expire and then enter a suspension period. Once this suspension period is over, the domain name will have the status "Pending deletion" for five days. After this period, the domain will be deleted from the registry database and anyone will be able to claim and purchase it.
    Pointing your domain to the Wix IP means that your domain host retains control of your DNS and simply points your domain to the Wix servers. The difference between pointing to the Wix IP or connecting with name servers is really a difference in who has control over your DNS – Wix or your domain host.
    Public/Private registration When you register a domain, you can choose to make your contact information public or private. A public registration displays your address, phone number and any other information that you register in the public WHOIS directory. A private registration keeps your details private.
    Registrant contact The person or company who is the licensee of the domain name and has the right to use, sell or remove a domain name.
    Site host The company that hosts your site. If you built your site on Wix, Wix is your site host.
    Subdomain A subdomain is a second website with unique content but the same domain name. A subdomain uses an existing domain name but changes the www to a different name. For example:,, etc.
    Suffix or extension A domain extension is the last part of the domain name. Examples of domain extensions include: .com, .net, .org and many more.
    Suspended After a domain has expired, there is a thirty-day period before it is "suspended". It then enters a suspension period which lasts for 60 days. During the suspension period, no changes can be made to the domain settings.
    TAG name HTML tags are keywords surrounded by angle brackets. For example: <html>, <p>, <b>
    Tech contact The person responsible for the technical aspects of maintaining the domain, such as updating the domain records.
    TTL TTL stands for Time to Live and indicates the time that it takes for DNS servers to cache the a DNS record.
    TXT A TXT record is a text record which contains machine-readable data.
    URL/URL address The website address, or domain name, is an address where you can be found online and appears in your browser.
    Web address A web address, or domain name, is an address where you can be found online.