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Create your first App at Back4App

Introduction

The first step to start using Back4App is to create a new App. When you create a new App, Back4App automatically creates to you all the backend structure you need to build and scale your app with no worries about infrastructure or eliminating all your DevOps effort.

So, what happens behind the scenes?

Once your app is created on Back4app, we create for you a complete MongoDB database structure with a GraphQL or REST API to each class. An application layer is also deployed to manage all the requests and send them to your database. This structure can deliver all the scalability you need to grow faster your app requests, with all the security and Backup structure required.

The application layer also makes possible to deploy any cloud function you need (written in NodeJS) to code your specific business rules and make your app unique. Also, for every cloud function you create, Back4App creates automatically an endpoint to your application to call it from a GraphQL or REST API.

Goal

Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites to create an App at Back4App and it is also free of charge.

Step 1 - Create your Back4App account

To register a Back4App account, go to Back4App website and fill in the form shown in the image below. After that, click on the GET STARTED! button.

Or go to the top menu of Back4App website and click on the SIGN UP button and fill in the form.

There is no cost to create a free account at Back4App. To register you just have to accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Step 2 - Back4App Tour

Right after you registered, Back4App will automatically give you a Sample Blog App, when you click at Dashboard, you will be redirected to a tour to show some main features such as Database Browser and API Reference name.

Would you like to play the intro again? Click on the three icons in the bottom-left corner next to the Support button.

Step 3 - Create a new app

If you want to create a new empty app, you can find the NEW APP button in the top-right corner.

Then, the magic happens! At this moment, all your application backend structure is under construction and you don’t need to worry about any infrastructure issue. Back4App builds your database structure, your application layer and your APIs. We do it all, thinking about scalability and security.

It’s done!

You’ve just create your app at Back4App Platform.

Welcome to the app creation dashboard! Here you will find all the resources to easily build your app database and functions.

Conclusion

At this guide, we show you how to create an App at Back4App. We also described what happens behind the scenes on Back4App servers so you don’t have to worry about the backend of your application. Now, all the effort you save on devOps side you can invest to make your app greater and unique.