It’s time for a new look for back4app. Modern, professional, and more connected to you.

It’s time for a new look for back4app. Modern, professional, and more connected to you.

Since 2015, our mission at back4app has been to make it easier for web and mobile app developers to succeed. From startups to enterprises, we have worked closely with each of our customers, gaining a deep understanding of their challenges and providing unique expert solutions to help them reach their goals.

The company evolved a lot. We’ve helped more than a thousand companies and more than 190,000 developers become more productive and quickly deliver apps. 

Like the company, we decided that the brand should also evolve to reflect the maturity and professionalism achieved, to be at the top of our game today and for what’s still to come.

Today we’re incredibly excited to reveal back4app’s new visual identity! 


Building a Web 3.0 App With Back4App – The EvolveCoin Project

Building a Web 3.0 App With Back4App – The EvolveCoin Project

This is the generation of Web 3.0 apps. It is an era where people would witness a flurry of smart contracts, seamless integration and great interoperability in technologies. This was a given with the disruptive convergence in Blockchain, crypto and decentralized networks. 

Back4app has hence decided to take this as a thriving opportunity to launch an exclusive event on a special Web 3.0 app launch. 


Product Update: App Status

Product Update: App Status

Over the past few months, we’ve been working on giving you more information about your app on back4app. We’re pleased to announce a new feature that will increase app monitoring and observability: the App Status.


This new feature is available to each of your apps on back4app giving you information about your app health/performance, security, and general app logs.
How to access it? Go to the back4app main dashboard and click on the App Status button.

App Status button

Slack Clone using ReactJS and Back4App – NoCode

Slack Clone using ReactJS and Back4App – NoCode

In this article, you will learn how to deploy a Slack Clone App on Vercel using Back4App as a backend.

The Slack Clone app is built with React (frontend) and Back4App (backend) using some key Parse features like Auth, real-time and relational queries. The application can be easily deployed on Vercel with no code using the steps below.

At any time you can deploy your Slack Clone on Vercel using this button:

Deploy with Vercel

Getting started with Heroku and NodeJS

Nowadays deploying web applications no longer requires setting up a server from scratch. Cloud platforms like Heroku allows us to deploy and set up web applications in a few steps.

In particular, in this tutorial, we will learn how to deploy a REST API on the Heroku platform. The API is developed using NodeJS. Heroku provides different methods for us to upload our projects onto the platform.

Depending on the use case, one method may be better than the other. With no particular preference, we will upload the API on GitHub and connect the repository to Heroku for deployment. All the process is split into the following steps:

  • Set up a new application on Heroku
  • Configure an add-on in the new application
  • Set up the NodeJS REST API project
  • Deploy the project

Heroku vs AWS | What are the differences?

Heroku vs AWS | What are the differences?
Heroku vs AWS

This article will explore the differences and similarities between Heroku and AWS. It will cover each provider’s core features, pricing structure, use cases, and featured clients.

Before diving into Heroku and AWS, it’s essential to understand some technical concepts regarding cloud computing.

The first concept to understand is IaaS or Infrastructure as a Service. This cloud model allows users to move from on-premise deployment and owing servers to a model that they pay the servers by the usage.

Generally speaking, users are trading a CAPEX investment in acquiring servers for an OPEX expenditure and paying by the month.

Other benefits of the IaaS model include scalability, security, multiple regions, uptime, capital expenditure reduction, and self-service provisioning.

A second cloud model to understand is PaaS or Platform as a Service. This cloud model will provide similar functionalities of the IaaS model plus operating systems, middleware, and runtime.

IaaS delivers users direct control over OS – Operating Systems, and PaaS offers users more significant development speed and ease of use. PaaS platforms will also deliver a managed services versus self-service approach of a IaaS.

That said, we can categorize AWS as an IaaS provider. However, it offers multiple products and has some PaaS offerings like AWS Beanstalk.

On the other hand, Heroku is a PaaS provider. However, it also offers additional products like managed databases and add-ons.

Now that you know the basics let’s explore AWS and Heroku cloud services with further details.

Key Takeaways

  • IaaS and PaaS are two different cloud models
  • AWS is mainly an IaaS platform
  • Heroku is a PaaS provider
  • Heroku runs the platform using AWS as the underlying infrastructure
  • AWS also has PaaS offerings like AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Cognito vs Firebase Auth Comparison

Building an app requires a lot of effort, time and money. Therefore, you must design it in such a way that it improves the user experience.

You need quick and easy authentication and authorization for your mobile apps to optimize the user experience.

Users of your app should be able to sign in with a username and password or with a social media site such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, or Apple. 

Numerous solutions provide simple authorization and authentication for app onboarding and authentication.

We shall discuss the characteristics of two essential platforms in this article: Firebase and Cognito.


Elastic Beanstalk vs Render Comparison

Every business needs a website, and every website needs hosting services to go online. Regarding hosting service providers, there are many options, with some platforms providing much more services than just hosting.

Elastic Beanstalk and Render are two such platforms that make deployment and hosting of your application simple with their Platform as a Service.

If you are planning to select one of them, then you can compare these by the features and overview below. Make sure to consider pricing, but the price must not be the dealbreaker or the deal maker for you.


Heroku vs CapRover | Which is the best?

Businesses invest massive amounts of money in developing apps to engage with their clients effectively. However, creating an app necessitates using server space, a secure environment, and software.

This enabling environment entails managing a sophisticated software stack, hardware maintenance, frequent updates of software, and investing massive capital in creating an on-premises environment to develop apps. This entire process is not only expensive but also time-consuming. 

Many businesses are looking externally to solve their internal problems related to the infrastructure needed for app development.

Platform as a Service (PaaS) offers a cheaper, secure, efficient, and scalable cloud-based solution for the app development needs of businesses.

The PaaS platform takes care of the infrastructure and tech stacks required to build an app. The ready-to-use infrastructure lets app developers focus on writing code to produce a highly sophisticated mobile app.

There are many PaaS platforms available on the market. This article will compare two major PaaS platforms—Heroku and CapRover. This comparison will assist you in determining which of these two best meets your needs.


Elastic Beanstalk vs Vercel Comparison

Every business needs a website today. While some need a dynamic website, some only need a static one.

Thus, developers have many more options for developing a web application. As developing a static or dynamic website from scratch is not the best choice and the most efficient move, several Platform as a Service options are available.

Elastic Beanstalk and Vercel are two of the best options you can choose, and here we will discuss which will be a better pick for you.


Elastic Beanstalk vs Platform.sh Comparison

Scalability and flexible development have become essential with ever-increasing requirements from websites and web apps.

It is also essential for developers to offer robust development and infrastructure management to keep up with the website’s features and performance requirements.

While developing everything from scratch is not efficient at all, some platforms provide their Platform as a Service for developing modern applications.

Elastic Beanstalk from AWS and Platform.sh bring such functionalities. While selecting one of them can be tricky, here we will elaborate on both so that you can decide.


Sentry vs Firebase | Which is the best?

Suppose you have created an app and are looking for a cloud-based platform that offers complete access to mobile-centric services, including real-time database, authentication, analytics, and others.

In that case, you should look at platforms like Sentry and Firebase. Both have advantages, and you should carefully examine their features to choose which one gives you the most outstanding service for your needs.