Alrighty than, wait to see if they'll be adding support for smartnofes. In case they don't have plans to include SMART soon, than since you're good with computers I suggest you rent a managed VPS and just dive in it. Once you get the hang of it, it's not hard. But if you will use it only for your smartnofe, than turn off any other service to minimize the attack surface (like apache, mail and other servers you won't need).
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Self-Managed VPS customers have to make sure everything works the way they configure them and perform updates themselves. Obviously, this is not a job for novice users. It is probably not even a job for someone who does not feel comfortable managing services and scripts themselves. If in doubt, you should probably stick with a Managed VPS product and focus, instead, on growing your business and optimizing your site.

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