The quest continues!! @julian here's an email from LW Support they had a question at the bottom for you guys so I figured best to just cut/paste in case it can help anyone down the road of the dev process for you guys in general.....
I am glad to be of service. I also tried using mod_proxy_wstunnel in Apache 2.4 however it was not working, I was only getting a 500 internal server error. Here is a link to the page:
Here is the configuration I used:
ProxyPass / ws://127.0.0.1:4567/
ProxyPassReverse / ws://127.0.0.1:4567/
I have changed it back to using just mod_proxy with the following configuration and the 500 errors are gone however the site is still slow to load the footer:
ProxyPass / http://127.0.0.1:4567/
ProxyPassReverse / http://127.0.0.1:4567/
Perhaps the developers at nodeBB will have insight in a way to make nodebb work properly utilizing mod_proxy_wstunnel? I'd like to know if they think something like this could work.