How to setup domain masking for external domains?

I have 2 domains registered under Google domains, call them & By the names you might have guessed we are going through a rebranding. Right now, droplets, certs, etc are all setup for While we wait on cert for we’d like to setup some sort of redirect/masking so if anyone goes to the cert there works but URL appears as What is the process to accomplish this?

Am I over complicating it with masking & is it as easy as changing the CNAME to then setting up Google domains to point to DO name servers?


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You will need to handle the redirection at the http server level because that’s where you get to know which site the user wanted to browse and thus where you redirect them to.

You will also need to adjust DNS so users are sent to the new server.