Microsoft Launches Power Pages Website Builder
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Thursday, 02 June 2022

Microsoft has announced a new way of creating business websites. Power Pages is a standalone product that is part of the wider Power Platform product family.

Power Pages isn't a completely new product; until now it's been available as part of the Power Apps group, but has now been redesigned and made available separately.

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The documentation says that 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. Microsoft says the software can be used by "low code makers" as well as professional developers to design, configure, and publish websites that seamlessly work across web browsers and devices.

Low code makers, in case you've missed the term, is the latest way to describe what used to be called 'power users'. Low code development tools can be used by non-programmers to create apps by dragging and dropping widgets onto a user interface.

Power Pages comes with a UI called Design Studio where the main task of designing, styling, configuring, and publishing websites takes place.

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Users can either start from scratch or use one of the ready-to-use templates that contain text, video, images, business data forms and lists. There's a Templates Hub that shows the websites with demo data, along with a Learn Hub with guides, tutorials, and quick videos. The new design studio and templates are in preview, and Microsoft says will be released in a production ready version later in the year.

Alongside the UI, Power Pages is designed to have the websites securely collect and share business information with site visitors using the Microsoft Dataverse data platform. Power Pages runs on Microsoft Azure and connects with Dataverse to provide security including encryption, role-based access controls (RBAC), and support for Microsoft Azure Front Door and other web application firewalls.

There is some scope for more advanced use, as you can use Visual Studio Code in Power Pages to add more advanced capabilities using JavaScript, Liquid templates, code components, and web APIs.

Power Pages is available in a preview version now with a free 30-day trial.

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More Information

Power Pages Documentation

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