You might need to activate one of the composers. The default composer should be activated, but perhaps it got deactivated by you? Give that a check.
What's your hardware specs?
@a_5mith It would probably be worth it, they are small enough to just took away and not be noticed. You'll have access to it from anywhere if you forward ports etc..
I'm running a couple of NodeBB instances on a basic 512 MB, 1 core droplet over at DigitalOcean, thanks to @a_5mith's suggestion. Easy to set up and lets me play around with Debian and get away from my evil CentOS production server for small periods of time.
CentOS either needs more love or needs to be brought out back and shot.
I am running 2 nodebb installs on a 256 MB ramnode vps it is surprisingly smooth as you would guess from my sig