I would suggest to put your nodebb behind nginx, and have a location block matching static content use a proxy_pass directive pointing to your static server.
Use this as reference: https://nodebb.readthedocs.io/en/latest/scaling/index.html#use-a-proxy-server-to-serve-static-assets
And adjust it to have a proxy_pass http://static.example.com; instead of searching the local filesystem (ie, replace root and try_file directives) under the static content location block.
I believe this should work
@baris thanks I'll pull it tomorrow from git and fix the categories as you've said. It's not a big problem, more an oddity that occurred - thank you. And I really should raise bugs like this on GitHub!