How to create an app and make money?

How to create an app and make money?

You got it! Do you want to do something big? Have an excellent idea for the next billion-dollar app?

How to create an app and make money?

This article will detail the lessons learned during my 13-year entrepreneur journey running a software development company and creating hundreds of mobile apps.

I will reveal the hidden secrets of how to bring your ideas to life. We will provide practical steps based on our own experience making mobile apps and share some tips that worked well for me.

Costs to self-host a Parse App on AWS

Costs to self-host a Parse App on AWS
Self host Parse App

Price to self-host a Parse app on AWS

Would you like to know how much it costs to run your Parse app directly at AWS? So, you are in the right place and we will provide the prices for hosting a Parse app at AWS. We will calculate the costs based on two different scenarios. The first scenario will cover a small application and will not provide a redundant infrastructure. So, if any of the instances fail, the app will face downtime. The second scenario will cover a more robust structure with redundant application instances and a replica set to run the databases.

Small Parse App – Infrastructure without redundancies

The minimum setup we suggest is two small instances. One instance to deploy the database and one instance to run the application server.

We recommend choosing new generation instances like t3 to deploy your app. The on-demand cost for each t3.small instance is $15.23/mo. So, having two instances will cost you $30.46/month. On top of that, you still will be required to pay EBS costs and data transfer. Let’s consider 30GB EBS for each instance and 250GB monthly data transfer.

The total cost will be as follows:

Application Server: $15.23

Database Server: $15.23

EBS: $6.00

Transfer Out: $22.41

Total: $58.87

Free Tier Discount (for new users only): $4.26

Total with discount: $54.61

Small Parse App – Redundant Infrastructure

The minimum setups we recommend are 4 small instances and 1 nano instance. Two small instances will cover the application servers, two instances will form a replica set for the database and the nano instance will act as an arbiter. The structure will look like this:

Parse servers for a self hosted app

Parse self-hosted apps

So, having five instances will cost you $64.73/month. On top of that, you still will be required to pay EBS costs and data transfer. Let’s consider 30GB EBS for each instance and 250GB monthly data transfer.

The price is detailed as follows:

Application Server: $30.46

Replica Set: $30.46

Arbiter: $3.81

EBS: $15.00

Transfer Out: $22.41

Total: $102.14

Free Tier Discount (for new users only): $4.26

Total with discount: $97.88


If you are planning to host a Parse app, you should consider Back4App. We have long term contracts with AWS and volume discounts. So, we can provide very affordable Parse managed services at a lower cost in comparison to directly hosting at AWS. Unless your app has huge workloads, you won’t be able to beat our pricing. Our plans start at $5/month, and all plans provide a fully redundant and scalable structure. There is no lock-in, you keep your data and we offer add-ons like the multitenant dashboard, collaboration tools, advanced security, and database optimization. Please see all the benefits of Back4App reading the article below.

Self-Hosted Parse vs. Back4App

If you still want to host your app with AWS, we offer self-hosted professional services. To know more, please fill the form below (it takes only 2 minutes) and we will send more information to you.

Professional Services

What is recommended to deploy your app?

New generation instances like t3 are recommended to deploy your app. The cost for this demanding instance is $15.23 per month. EBS and data transfer costs are yet to be added into this. So, it can be really costly as compared to Back4app.

Small Parse app costs to run on AWS?

Small Parse apps can be further divided into two parts.

-Infrastructure without redundancies: This will cost $58.87 and with discount $54.61
-Redundant Infrastructure: This will cost $102.14 and with a discount $97.88.
So, you can see their cost is fairly high.

How is Back4app the best option to host a Parse app?

Back4app has the luxury of having a direct contract with AWS.  You will get the same services at an unbelievable $5 per month.  It can have an exception if your app has a lot of traffic and load on it.
This fairly low price has below features available for you too.

-Collaboration tools
-Advanced security
=Database optimization 

How to optimize your AWS costs? 10 ways to reduce your AWS bill

How to optimize your AWS costs? 10 ways to reduce your AWS bill

Back4App is a heavy Amazon Web Services user and we run most of our infrastructure on this cloud provider. We will show you how we delivered $500,000 in yearly Amazon Web Services savings. Software development companies, startups, and enterprises can benefit from this article because:

  • It provides effective and proved ways to reduce AWS spending;
  • We show how to have short-term and low hanging fruit gains;
  • Most of the procedures are simple and demand only planning and hard work.

The actions described in this article are based on our own experience managing cloud infrastructure and translated in successful cost reductions. Here is a brief checklist of what you will find reading this report.

How Software Development Agencies can become more efficient

The challenges of making software are so varied. It is an empirical process, non-replicable, and sometimes unpredictable with constant changes. Small-Medium Size Software agencies (< 50 Developers) not only wholeheartedly feel these problems, they will constantly find further conundrums of standing out from competitors who are either “more experienced” in taking on enterprise-only projects starting from 100K, or “more extensive” for including a “full package” of UX / UI design, marketing strategy and more for all web, mobile, IoT and gaming needs.

Admin App updates: Custom Layout and All datatypes

Admin App updates: Custom Layout and All datatypes

In the last few weeks, we launched an excellent, robust feature called Admin App for our users and also upgraded its capabilities to a great extent so as to amplify the productivity, competence, and readability of developers and even non-technical users at all levels. The best part? To enhance your experience with Back4App, we persistently worked to release some of our most requested functionalities, which make the admin tool even constructive and better than ever. This post is arranged to announce the succinct summaries of what has changed.

How to manage your business App?

How to manage your business App?

For most contemporary, Mobile Apps and web-applications, the administration interface has become a critical part of the product/application management. This web-based interface is typically restricted to trusted admins and isn’t accessible by guests and customers of any sort. That enables administrations to perform CRUD operations (creation, reading, updating, and deletion of the model content) and yield fairly productive results and performance for their websites.

The Clone App Power

The Clone App Power

When you key in ‘How to Clone Apps’ on the internet, a bucket of resources, blog posts, whitepapers, articles, and video tutorials can be discovered on SERPs.

As a developer, at some time, you might have worked in a team that utilizes a shared database for development, User Acceptance Testing (UAT) or deployment. If so, you must also be familiar with many overlaps between projects, contentions for resources, erratic environment stages, and high-level of dependency on other team members to get the end product deployed.

The API reference tool

The API reference tool

Back4App has long provided the tools necessary to build software applications. This past week, we released an API Documentation tool to further augment the development experience. The platform automatically generates docs for any objects saved in your database. This includes code snippets for each of the supported programming languages, as well as example requests and responses:


What’s new in Back4App?

What’s new in Back4App?

Our mission at Back4App is to help developers create better code and apps faster, which is why we have been evolving our BaaS platform, introducing intuitive features, and improving our existing capabilities.

Now, we are pleased to announce that Back4App has rolled out a raft of robust and advanced features for the app developers. The new changes and improvements include the latest version of Parse: the Parse Server 3.1.1, a new code assistant to perform CRUD operations in the Back4App cloud database, improved push notification mechanism, query caching option, and the new Analytics toolset.

Track any event in your app with Parse Analytics



We are pleased to announce that Back4App has recently launched a new advanced, innovative feature for its customers, and that is the ‘Parse Analytics Tool.’ The end goal of rolling out this ready-to-use feature is to gather and analyze accurate, relevant event data to better understand your users as well as track data-driven reports to monitor the health and performance of your app in real-time. This tool helps you to improve your app to achieves better performance and successfully meets your business’s pre-defined goals like conversion and engagement rate.