Moving from PHP/MySQL to Parse

For the last few months, we’ve been working on a complete re-write of our most popular app. MyCQs is a social learning platform which encourages students to create, practice and share Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) tests with each other. 

Initially built as a side project, we ran MyCQs on a basic LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) stack on a shared hosting account. This let us create an app using technology we were familiar with whilst keeping costs down. 

The app now has thousands of active users, and over half a million user-generated test questions in its database. This naturally gives us problems with scaling, so we’ve been looking to move to a different system for a while now. Ultimately, we settled on using the NoSQL Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform Parse ( 

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