Awesome thanks @julian that has seemed to fix the issue. I thought it may have been a problem with my host and the way they have a script for setting up NodeBB with just one click and entering a few bits of info. Been working with them for the past couple of days on this.
You can hide composer (red button with +) and chat (user avatar as a button) windows by clicking on their respective buttons in the bottom right corner of the screen. Click again to show window and see your own content.
Try to browse forums when composer is opened. This is one more possible action to do.