The capability of creating Portals have arrived to the already powerful PowerApps platform! The Portal feature of PowerApps allows you to create a web portal based on data in Common Data Service or CDS. It allows access for anonymous users so can be used for any external facing scenario.

It’s still in preview though so not recommended for production scenarios.

PowerApps Portals is based on the same code base as Dynamics 365 Portals which originally was AdxStudio Portals for Microsoft CRM. Microsoft acquired AdxStudio in 2015 and has since then added features and enhancements to the solutions.

So how do you go about creating a PowerApps Portal?

It’s straight forward. Most complicated thing is sitting on your hands while waiting for the provisioning to complete.

  1. Obvious first step is to log in to your PowerApps account at powerapps.com
     
  2. Click the Portal from blank (preview)

    Create portal from blank
     
  3. Give you Portal App a name
     
  4. Enter your preferred URL Address and check that it qualifies.

    Portal required information
     
  5. Click Create
     
  6. Sit on your hands while your Portal is provisioned. Takes about 10 minutes.
     
  7. And you’re DONE!
     

So in 7 simple steps you have now created your own web site with access to you CDS instance and the capability of doing (almost) anything imaginable via the powerful Power Platform.

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