Oh my, this is indeed slow....
AWS pricing is baffling. It's like, not just the instance size, but all the other bullshit like transfer fees, I/O fees, multiple-fee fees, etc.
IIRC, when we first set up the nodebb server, it was like $400/month or something, because of the IO1 disk or something. Then we went to small, now medium. The total AWS bill now is ~ $200/mo for this server, and a t1.micro that hosts http://omg2.thedailywtf.com/ -- I think we can try to upgrade a bit more, but it's starting to creep back up. I feel, at this price, we could get a dedicated quad core server that's better, faster, and probably similar price!
the main site is hosted at hivelocity: https://www.hivelocity.net/dedicated-servers/#products
our contract is renewing with them in December, so maybe we should just get a dedicated server there?