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What is the Power Apps Portal

It is an continuation video article of our Microsoft Power Platform introductory course for Beginners series? Where we will learn about What is Microsoft Power Platform? This is an short introduction about Microsoft Power Apps Portals. Well officially as per Microsoft

Effective October 12, 2022, Power Apps portals is Power Pages. More information: Microsoft Power Pages is now generally available (blog)

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What is Microsoft Power Platform?

“The Power Platform is a low code platform that enables organizations to analyze data, act on it through applications, and automate business processes. It allows everyone, from the professional developer to the frontline worker, to participate in driving better business outcomes by building apps.

Microsoft Power Platform
Microsoft Power platform
Microsoft Power platform

What are Microsoft Power Apps Portals?

Empower anyone – either inside or outside your organization to interact with Common Data Service data using portals.

  • Engage with external customers and partners.
  • Enable anyone to build responsive websites.
  • Integrate all your data.
  • Create and manage the content external users and partners can access using an intuitive interface and step-by-step guidance—no code required.
  • Enrich portals with model-driven forms, views, lists, charts, and dashboards to offer more value with each interaction.
Microsoft Power Apps Portal

Microsoft Power Apps Portals Now Power Pages

  • Power Apps makers can now create a powerful new type of experience: external-facing websites that allow users outside their organizations to sign in with a wide variety of identities, create and view data in Common Data Service, or even browse content anonymously.
  • The full capabilities of Dynamics 365 Portals(Microsoft Power Apps Portals), previously offered only as an add-on to model-driven apps in Dynamics 365, are now available standalone in Power Apps.
  • These capabilities feature a revamped end-to-end experience for makers to quickly create a website and customize it with pages, layout, and content.
  • Makers can reuse page designs through templates, add forms and views to display key data from Common Data Service, and publish to users.

Microsoft Power Apps portals new feature: Multiple Portals

In early 2019 I wrote a post outlining how to create a multi-branded portal. This was to address situations where you might need a uniquely branded portal for completely different audiences yet still have them linked to one Microsoft Dataverse. The strategy required a mix of Liquid and CSS and had some limitations such as a common login page and a common URL with sub-pages for each unique “portal”.

Fast forward to 2021 and you can now add up to 50 unique portals to a single Dataverse environment! Each portal can be configured with its own URL, branding, table permissions, etc. This will create a separate website and associated records. Another handy feature is that you could create a new portal using existing portal metadata (that is currently not linked to an active portal). This means if you created a trial or proof of concept portal, and the portal trial expired, you can re-provision a new portal using that portal metadata.

Microsoft Power Apps Portals
Microsoft Power Apps Portals

A single contact would use the same authentication method (login/password) to access each unique portal, (which means you provide access to one portal, they will have access to all portals) but you can assign them unique web roles based on the portal they are visiting.

More information can be found here.

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