Hosting a website involves several steps that begin with choosing a web hosting provider that suits your needs. Once you have signed up for a hosting plan, you need to upload your website files to the hosting server using an FTP client or a file manager provided by the hosting provider. You also need to register a domain name for your website, which can be done through the hosting provider or a separate domain registrar. Once your domain is registered, you need to configure it to point to your hosting server's IP address using DNS settings. Finally, you need to ensure that your website is secure and optimized for performance by installing an SSL certificate, configuring caching and compression settings, and regularly monitoring and updating the website's software and plugins.