Earlier this year on Microsoft Build, Microsoft announced the preview of Microsoft Power Pages, the fifth product in the Microsoft Power Pages Platform family followed by Power BI, Power Automate, Power Apps, and Power Virtual Agents. So, in this blog post, we will be discussing what is Microsoft Power Pages, what its use of it, and how to get started with it.
Microsoft Power Pages is a secure, enterprise-grade, low-code software as a service (SaaS) platform for creating, hosting and administering modern external-facing business websites. It does not matter whether you are a low-code maker or a professional developer, Power Pages enables you to quickly design, configure, and publish websites that seamlessly work across web browsers and different devices. So, in this, we will discuss how to get started with Microsoft Power Pages which is currently in preview.
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The best practice is to create a new environment from the admin center to create the sites instead of using the default environment which is shared across all users in the tenant.
Getting started with Microsoft Power Pages
In this section, you will see how to get started with creating the external facing sites using Power Pages and to learn the new features and functionality.
1.Open the web browser and navigate to https://make.powerpages.microsoft.com/.
2.Once done you would receive the below message in the home page which states, “You can’t create sites in the default environment”. So please make sure to create an environment in the admin center first as that is a basic prerequisite.
3.Once done, click on the Environment option in the top right corner and all the environments that are available as part of this tenant will be displayed as a drop-down list. Select the newly created environment (environment created for Power Pages where the sites need to be created. In this case it is PowerPagesPreview-082322-075628.
4.After that click on the My sites section in the home page as displayed on the image. This helps you to navigate to the respective site and allows you to perform any changes to the site by editing it.
5.Once done, click on the Templates section as shown in the image below. Here you can find a list of all predefined templates which helps you to get started easily and it comes inbuilt with a list of predefined features.
6.Select a template of your choice and click on Choose this template. For this blog post we are choosing the Scheduling template as shown in the image below.
7.Provide a name for the site, web address and choose the site language. Click on Done after providing all the required details.
8.It takes a few minutes to process and create the site and once its ready the site gets created and it also opens the Design Studio shown in the image below to perform any changes. This studio allows to create pages & subpages, add components to pages, styling, create and manage tables to store the data that is required for the site and also to configure the site settings.
9.Once done, click on Data in the left navigation as shown in the image below to view and manage all the tables, data, table properties, views and forms that are available in this site.
10.After completing that, click on Set up in the left navigation to configure site settings such as authentication, security, mobile and site administration.
11.In the left navigation, click Pages to view and manage all the pages and subpages that are part of this site. Select the respective page and make the necessary changes as shown below and click Preview to view the site in Desktop or Mobile mode.
12.In the image below you can see that the site is displayed in Desktop preview mode.
13.Also, in the left navigation, click on Pages and then on Page to add new pages. Enter the page name, select the layout, and click on Add as shown in the image below.
14.You can find a list of out of the box components available such as Text, Button, Image, video and more which can be added to the page. To add a component, click on the left navigation and then click Pages and click the newly created page. Once done click the + icon to add a new component to the page as shown in the image below.
15.Well, that is how you would go about creating a new external facing site using Microsoft Power pages. As you might have noticed by now, it is quite simple and very intuitive to use and even someone with zero web development knowledge can go-ahead and quickly create a site. Also, if you are someone who has used Microsoft Power Pages Apps portals in the past, then this is simply an evolution of Power Pages with some new features.
16. Finally, on the main home page you have an option called as Learn as shown in the image below. Please click on that to access to get all the useful resources such as documentation, tutorials, and videos for Microsoft Power Pages.
- Trial sign up – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-pages/getting-started/trial-signup
- Trial FAQ – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-pages/getting-started/trial-faq
- Licensing – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-pages/go-live/assign-licensing
- Documentation – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-pages/
So finally in this blog post we saw what is Microsoft Power Pages which is currently in preview, and we also understood how to quickly create a simple external facing website just with few clicks.
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