Uploading a website

I learnt how to upload a website using some website like hostgator.com, after that I started the ‘deploying a website’ lesson from codecademy.
I found that lesson to be unnecessary complicated, when I can simply use the services of hostgator.com
But considering my lack of knowledge concerning such things, I need to ask: is there any advantage of using the command line as in the lesson as compared to using the services of hostgator.com?

services like hostgator take away a lot of the underlying configuration, while the course delves into this more.

Hostgator makes it easy, but do you understand DNS, what it does? What it means?

On one hand, its great, it makes it easy to get going, on the hand, you use a tools you do not fully comprehend.

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