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I am trying to configure my domain to forward to my app engine application.

For the forwarding I can choose from "forward only" and "forward with masking". Assume my domain is called "" and my app is located at If I choose "forward only" and I go to, I get redirect to ( also showing in the address bar -> But I want to show of course).

If I choose "forward with masking", "" is always shown in the address bar, even if I navigate to some subpage. The URL then should look like e.g.: "!page:xyz", but still shows "".

Is there some way in the middle?

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The "masking" capability uses an IFRAME. That's indeed probably not what you want.

The easiest is to have your own Apache settings, maybe with a VPS since those are pretty cheap ($20/mo. these days). That way you do not have to bother with such forwarding features. You can do all your setup directly in your Apache, DNS, etc.

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  • Forward only -- Use 301 redirects to redirect from to
  • Forward with Masking -- Use frames to keep the URL as while instructing the browser to fetch the content from The URL then doesn't change as you navigate the site.

Forwarding (of any type) is not what you want. You actually want your content to be served from your custom domain name.

Many hosting providers offer custom domain names as part of their service, and they have their own proprietary control panels to configure this.

For example, the Google App Engine (for supports this and has a help document with instructions for setting up a custom domain. Follow those instructions to have the app engine serve the content from your own domain name.

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In Simple words forward only, means your old domain to redirect new domain home page and Forward with masking means visitors only see the url or domain they type or visit they don't know about in which domain they are accessing.

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