Review: what can you do with Power Pages & does Microsoft offer an alternative to Drupal and WordPress?

In the summer of 2022, Microsoft launched Power Pages. A brand new platform that allows organizations to create a business website in "no time. How does Power Pages work and does Microsoft use it to compete with market leaders WordPress And Drupal? I looked it up for you:

Microsoft Power Pages
Microsoft Power Pages

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Microsoft Power Pages

Microsoft Power Pages is part of the Power Platform. A powerful set of software tools that enables data analysis and business process digitization. In addition to Power Pages, Power Automate, Power Apps, Power Virtual Agents and Power Bi are also part of this collection of "low code" apps.

The main target market for Power Pages is organizations that already use products from Microsoft's ecosystem. In particular, Dynamics 365 customers.

How does Power Pages work?

Once registered via the website the building of your website can begin. In three steps you will be guided through this:

  • Step 1: Choose your template (or start from an empty template)
  • Step 2: Choose the name of your website
  • Step 3: Website setup

Once you have access to Power Pages' "design studio," you can edit, add or delete pages. With this website editor, you can clearly see the typical look and feel of the Power Platform - as we already saw with Power Bi.

PowerPages - Web page creation
PowerPages: Design studio

Power of the Power Platform

Admittedly, as a marketer, I was not immediately excited about Power Pages. Until I realized the possibilities for organizations already using one or more Power Platform or Dynamics 365 products.

Perhaps for these types of customers, having easy access to data from their ERP or CRM system is more important than options in terms of look and feel. Read: without 'hassle' with APIs or other connectors. Moreover, you can rest easy regarding your precious data: everything is neatly stored in the Microsoft Azure data centers.

Power Pages Databases
Power Pages: Link your database(s)

Alternative to WordPress?

To this, the answer as far as I'm concerned is "No. You are going to find few, if any, marketers willing to replace their trusty WordPress or Drupal with PowerPages.

Voor Microsoft-ontwikkelaars biedt het wél mogelijkheden! Voor mij is PowerPages dan ook een doorontwikkeling van PowerApps en zal het in praktijk vooral gebruikt worden om ‘portalen’ te bouwen. Bijvoorbeeld: een klanten- of leveranciersportaal, reserveringstool (ruimtes of andere resources) etc.

PowerPages - Start from Template
PowerPages: Start from template

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below I am happy to answer some more frequently asked questions about Power Pages:

1. What does a license for Power Pages cost?

De licenties voor Power Pages zijn ingedeeld afhankelijk van het aantal benodigde ‘gebruikerssessies’:

  • Website mét login: basislicentie bevat 100 unieke gebruikerssessies (24u geldig per unieke bezoeker)
  • Website zonder login: basislicentie bevat 500 unieke bezoekers per bundel
  • Pay-per-use: je betaalt simpelweg een prijs per unieke bezoeker. Zowel mogelijk voor ingelogde als anonieme bezoekers.

2. Can I link my domain name?

Yes you can! When creating a new website, the url will default to 'name.powerpages.com', but in 'settings' you can link your own domain name.

3. Can I have limited visibility of my site?

Yes you can! Through the settings you can determine whether your website is 'Public' or 'Private'. If you choose 'Private' you can - as you can see below - choose who has access:

PowerPages - Settings
PowerPages: choose who has access to your website

Tom Hufkens

Tom Hufkens

Passionate about online marketing & founder of this blog. In daily life Marketing Manager at a Belgian ICT company.

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Admittedly, as a marketer, I was not immediately excited about Power Pages. Until I realized the possibilities for organizations already using one or more Power Platform or Dynamics 365 products.