Lately you’ve probably been hearing a lot about name collisions, and unless you’re a nerd (no problem there, because we love nerds), you might not know what a name collision is, or why ICANN is projecting a 3-6 month wait for 20 percent of new TLDs that pose a moderate name collision risk. We’re all about breaking it down and helping you feel more comfortable about discussing technical jargon, so we’ve called in our friends: Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, and Vanilla Ice. Because nothing is cooler than ice.
Name collisions explained in under a minute
There are three main parts of any domain name: the second level domain, the third level domain, and the top-level domain. For instance, www.NicCageisaGloriousGod.com is composed of “www,” the third level domain, “NicCageisaGloriousGod,” the second level domain, and “com,” the top-level domain (TLDs represent!). The fact that this particular domain name is epically full of truth is beyond the point, so let’s move on.
In local networks, users can create “fake” top-level domains in order to direct other users to important webpages. For instance, you could create a Nic Cage fan page, BigUpNicCage.actor, and when someone types in this address, your page would appear, so long as that person was in your local network.
That of course is where name collisions come in—because now there will be over 1,800 new TLDs to contend with, which means BigUpNicCage.actor may actually exist (we hope so, anyway).