With the exciting announcement of Power Pages at Build as the 5th addition to the Power Platform Products how do we tell the difference between PowerApps Portals (which already exist within PowerApps for external facing websites) and Power Pages, are they the same or different?
Understanding PowerApps Portals (brief overview)
Understanding Power Pages (brief overview)
PowerApps Portals vs Power Pages
PowerApps Portals and Power Pages similarities
Understanding PowerApps Portals
PowerApps Portals are an extension of PowerApps that enables both citizen developers and professional developers to build external facing-websites that allow users their organizations to sign in with a wide variety of identities, create and view data in Microsoft Dataverse, or even browse content anonymously.
Understanding Power Pages
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. Whether you're a low-code maker or a professional developer, Power Pages enables you to rapidly design, configure, and publish websites that seamlessly work across web browsers and devices.
A picture showing getting started with Power Pages
With PowerApps Portals you must retype the link if you wanted to preview your site on a mobile device vs with Power Pages you must just scan a QR code using your mobile device. A picture showing how to preview a page/site in Power Pages
PowerApps Portals Studio provides limited capabilities of configuring your website to meet your requirements and you must navigate away from the studio to add in other capabilities like identity providers vs Power Pages Design studio everything is centralized and organized in workspaces to enable makers to add capabilities as required without navigating away from the studio. A picture showing the four workspaces within the Design Studio
Websites built with PowerApps Portals take longer to provision than websites built with Power Pages.
PowerApps Portals & Power Pages Similarities
Power Pages is built on the foundation of PowerApps Portals providing the same robust capabilities and pro developer experiences with a new low-code maker experience and out-of-the box templates to design modern business sites.
Both PowerApps Portals and Power Pages use Microsoft Dataverse as their underlying data structure for makers to manipulate and store data.
Makers can build externally facing websites using both PowerApps Portals and Power Pages.