In the digital age, online platforms serve as virtual storefronts and information hubs that connect businesses with a vast and diverse global audience. External websites for business growth cannot be overstated. Websites go beyond aesthetics; they are powerful tools that can help businesses achieve new heights of success. Power Portals and Power Pages are two such tools that help businesses achieve growth in a quicker and easier way.

In this blog, we will explore the journey of Power Apps Portals to Power Pages and how it helps businesses diversify. To understand the journey, we will first discuss what Power Portals and Power Pages are.

What is Power Portal?

Power Apps Portal is a powerful tool of Microsoft and an extension of Power Apps which allows organizations to create external facing websites, which can be used by users, either outside or inside of your organization, to interact with your Power Apps, Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Dataverse applications. This tool allows companies to give access to users as much as they want without harming the data security. You can customize it according to your choice.

What is Power Pages?

In October 2022, Power Portals got re-introduced as newer and better versions, and became known as Microsoft Power Pages. This low code/no code SaaS platform was now new, more secure, filled with templates and many more features to make the task of creating external websites easy.

Just like Power Portals, using Power Pages you can build sites by using the same shared business data stored in Microsoft Dataverse that you use for building apps, workflows, intelligent virtual agents, reports, and analytics with other Microsoft Power Platform components in your organization. Power Pages provide a simple and intuitive interface that helps businesses quickly create and publish web pages with ease.

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Benefits of Power Apps Portal and Power Pages for SMBs

Benefit for SMBs

Power Pages and Power Apps Portal benefit businesses in numerous ways, some of them are listed below.

  • Extend your apps to external users, enhancing customer and partner satisfaction.
  • Improve decision-making by providing real-time data access to external stakeholders.
  • Integration with Power BI and SharePoint amplifies data analysis and content management capabilities.
  • Robust security features safeguard sensitive customer data.
  • They offer cost-effective, customizable solutions for customer and partner interactions.
  • Users benefit from self-service options, reducing the workload on support teams.
  • Customize the portal’s appearance and functionality to align with your brand and needs.
  • Easily extend the functionality of pages through numerous interfaces.

From Power Portals to Power Pages

Power Apps Portals and Power Pages

   • Design Studio

The new Design Studio makes everything organized and quicker, enabling users to add new capabi,ities to your website without exiting from the Studio. On the other hand, Power Apps Portal Studio has limited capabilities for configuring websites. With Power Pages, you don’t need to start from stract as many templates are already available for users to quickly build websites.

   • Provisioning Time

Provisioning time is a crucial factor for businesses aiming to establish an online presence quickly and efficiently. The websites that are built with Portals take longer to provision than those built using Pages.

   • Mobile Device

In PowerApps Portals, the need to manually retype the link for mobile device preview can be less convenient. In contrast, Power Pages simplifies the process by enabling users to scan a QR code, offering a more seamless and efficient experience for those who want to preview their site design on a mobile device.

   • Experience Level

In order to customize your website with Power Portals, you need some basic understanding of HTML, CSS, JAVA, etc. but that is not the case with Power Pages. With Power Pages, you can just drag and drop elements with the new no code/low code feature and your website is ready.

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Similarities Between Power Apps Portal and Power Pages

   • Foundation of Power Apps Portal

Power Pages is built on the strong foundation of Power Apps Portal, but with stronger capabilities and no code/low code features.

   • Pro Tools

They both have advanced web design tools, allowing you to take your webpages to a new level.

   • External Facing Website

This ease of website creation can be a valuable asset for businesses looking to establish their online presence and engage with external stakeholders without requiring specialized technical skills, saving time and resources in the process.

   • Security

Manage all your sites through one convenient dashboard, and meet your most demanding security and compliance requirements

   • Microsoft Dataverse

They both have Microsoft Dataverse as their underlying data structure, which makes manipulating and storing data from different platforms like Power BI, Dynamics 365, SharePoint, etc. easy.

Interaction between different Platforms


   • Power Pages with Dynamics 365

If your organization uses Dynamics 365 for customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP), integrating Power Pages with Dynamics 365 allows you to extend the functionality of your Dynamics applications to external users. You can create web portals that enable customers and partners to access their account information, submit orders, track support cases, and interact with your organization’s data.

   • Power Pages with Dataverse

Power Pages can seamlessly integrate with Microsoft Dataverse, which is a powerful data platform. This integration allows you to access and manage structured data, create tables, define relationships, and enforce data validation rules. By integrating with Dataverse, Power Pages can easily retrieve, display, and update data from your Dataverse tables within the web pages, providing a dynamic and interactive user experience.

   • Power Pages with Power Apps

Power Pages can also be integrated with Power Apps, which is part of the Microsoft Power Platform. Power Apps enable the creation of custom business applications without the need for extensive coding. By integrating Power Pages with Power Apps, you can embed these custom apps within your web pages to provide users with interactive tools, forms, and workflows.

Streamlining Data Accessibility with Power Pages

Experience secure access to confidential data through Power Pages. It fosters streamlined, connected interactions, eliminating service barriers. Notably, Power Pages drove the Microsoft Vaccination Management (MVM) solution, empowering customizable patient questionnaires and efficient vaccination scheduling. This Power Pages solution enhances service accessibility, improves security and saves time.

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MS Power Portal has played a great role in helping organizations keep a collaborative environment while maintaining security of the data. The introduction of Power Pages as another product of Power Platform streamlined the process more, allowing users from outside the company to access the information but in a limited manner. This tool has helped companies keep their integrity and grow stronger.

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