When comparing Back4App vs Para, the Slant community recommends Back4App for most people. In the question“What are the best self-hosted BaaS (backend-as-a-service) providers?” Back4App is ranked 5th while Para is ranked 9th. The most important reason people chose Back4App is:
The user is not a hostage and can migrate the application to other hosting service whenever they want.
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Pro Open source
Back4app is an open source BAAS and Backend generator.
Pro Smooth migration from Parse
Back4App offers a smooth migration for all former Parse users who wish to migrate their data now that Parse has announced that it will stop soon.
Pro Full-text search
Powered by Elasticsearch or Lucene.
Para offers interfaces for persistence, search and caching. Easy to write your own plugins to implement any of these interfaces.
Pro Open source
Licensed under Apache 2.0.
Pro REST API
Exposes a REST API secured by AWS Signature Version 4.
Each tenant has its own database table, search index, and cache.
Pro Integrated metrics
Each tenant receives its own complete metrics for all CRUD and REST operations.
Pro Resource permissions with 3rd party security integrations
Object-level permissions with authentication through LDAP and 3rd party providers such as Google, Facebook, etc.
Pro Easy to use
By far the easiest to use BaaS platform.
Con Uses MongoDB for the backend, which is not considered very safe by many
Back4App uses MongoDB as the database where data is stored. Mongo has been known to have issues with data corruption and data loss.
Con No implementation of locking