Or you just transfer between GoDaddy and namecheap every year when they run these specials. TBH none of the registrar deals for getting a domain have ever been for more than a couple years. Usually it's a cheap one year term then full price thereafter, you can never get that initial deal on multi-year registrations.
This is just for domain name registration. This is entirely separate from hosting or use of any CMS. I as an example use Google Domains and Squarespace. Before that I was GoDaddy and Squarespace. Before that, GoDaddy and Wordpress (on Bluehost). (I could keep going on these, but after a while it's boring and redundant).Hm. I know a guy that needs to move, but I know I'm going to end up making him a new site (and I'm not an HTML person). But I'll have to look around!
This. And the privacy crap is included in Google's $12/yr.I ended up just moving all my domains to Google. As much as I don't want to give them my money, they're cheap and obviously good. And they don't jerk you about with costs. $12 a year which is more than fair compared to something like $50 a year for Godaddy.
If you have the time to do domain transfers all the time or your website downtime doesn't matter, switch depending on whatever deals you get. But for me, I don't want the hassle. Cheap and good is good enough.