Microsoft Power Pages Launches for Low-Code Business Websites – Visual Studio Magazine


Microsoft Power Pages launches for low-code business websites

Microsoft’s latest component for its low-code power platform is called Power Pages to build business-oriented websites.

Power Pages debuted in May as a preview, adding a website tool to the other low-code components of the Power Platform: Power BI (business intelligence), Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents. It reached general availability status at the Ignite 2022 conference last week.

Like other low-code offerings, it promises that regular business users – as opposed to trained developers – can quickly build their own applications with simplified tools and workflows that leverage ready-to-use business solution templates, tutorials, built-in security/governance mechanisms, and its own design studio.

Welcome to Power Pages
[Click on image for larger view.] Welcome to Power Pages

“The Design Studio enables creators to easily create modern, data-centric business websites for desktop or mobile without having to write a single line of code,” Microsoft said in an Oct. 12 announcement post. “With new updates to support low-code and no-code solutions, manufacturers can now effortlessly create multi-step forms that include document upload with the page and data workspaces. Other updates include the ability to add custom CSS in the styling workspace. ”

Power Pages design studio
[Click on image for larger view.] Power Pages design studio

It not only serves the DIY user crowd, but also caters to professional developers with advanced capabilities to fine-tune or extend websites to leverage cloud-native integrations, API/APIM, Azure capabilities, and more. According to Microsoft, the tool’s ability to serve both professional and amateur camps results in solutions created by a “true fusion” of different types of team members coming together, including professional developers, IT professionals, and people with expertise in the fields Business, strategy and design.

For example, professional developers might appreciate the ability to integrate Design Studio with Visual Studio (VS) Code Web, a free, no-installation VS Code experience available entirely in the browser.

“This integration allows Fusion team members to quickly and securely browse and edit source code for website content (HTML and Liquid), website styles (CSS), and website scripts (JavaScript) and sync it back to Design Studio,” said Microsoft “This enables a seamless round-trip experience between Power Pages’ no-code design studio and the code-first VS-code web.”

Along with the Design Studio, Power Pages has a template hub that includes 16 business solution templates with samples for processing building permits, managing extracurricular activity registrations, managing client appointments, and more.

Power Pages theme templates
[Click on image for larger view.] Power Pages theme templates

A Learn Hub, on the other hand, offers a new tutorial section that supports professional and home developers alike with embedded how-to videos, documentation, and more.

Power Pages Learn Hub
[Click on image for larger view.] Power Pages Learn Hub

For licensing, Power Pages offers both prepaid and pay-as-you-go subscription options, the latter being based on monthly authenticated and anonymous users per site.

In terms of the types of websites the tool can be used on, Microsoft said it supports the creation of enterprise-wide, professional solutions at scale, with target capabilities including:

  • Community work: Reach and serve millions of citizens at scale by offering community services such as self-service permits, licensing, incident and outage reporting, and grant applications.
  • FAQ pages: Provide answers to frequently asked questions about products, services, special events, policies and procedures.
  • Customer Self-Service: Offer full-time self-services for customers, e.g. B. Warranty registration, returns, support requests, appointments and bookings.
  • Partner support: Streamline business processes with partners, such as B. Supplier onboarding, sustainability tracking, request management and vendor support.

“Whether you’re a no-code, low-code, or code-first developer, Power Pages empowers you to build scalable and secure enterprise-grade, low-code websites. With pre-built templates and tools to control and manage your live sites, this all-in-one website building and hosting platform is truly a one-stop shop,” said Microsoft.

About the author

David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.