Model-driven apps in PowerApps: Site Map

Model-driven apps in PowerApps: Site Map

Welcome to the third article in the model-driven app series! Today we will look at the Site Map and understand how it works from the back end / system administrator view and how that translates to the front end / end user view. This series includes six articles that will help you to get to know and use model-driven apps and PowerApps:

Security Considerations
Using the App Designer
Site Map
Components
Managing Properties
Benefits to Your Users
Site Map

The site map is the single most important component of your model-driven app. It controls which areas of Dynamics 365 are accessible in your App. When building your app, you will have two options when it comes to a site map:

  1. Use an existing site map (from a solution)
  2. Create a new site map for your app

The site map consists of three components:

  1. Area
  2. Group
  3. Subarea

Let’s first look at these three components from the back end view for System Administrators and app builders:

The site map from the build perspective

Utilizing a simple drag and drop interface (similar to what you see when building Business Rules and Business Process Flows), you can add new Areas, Groups and Subareas to your Sitemap Designer. But what do these mean to the end user? What is the difference between the three components and how do they display?

To best understand the difference between an area, group and subarea on the Sitemap Designer, let’s take a look at the end user / front end view of the sitemap:

The site map from the end user perspective

Take a look at the image above to understand how the site map displays to users. The table below will explain how the highlighted colors relate to the Sitemap Designer.

Highlight colorSitemap Designer Detail
BlueArea
GreenGroup
YellowSubarea

Now that you understand what each component in a site map is, build out your app’s site map. Once you have completed the build, make sure to Save your site map by clicking the Save icon in the top right-hand corner of the Sitemap Designer. Next, click Publish.

After your site map has been saved and published, it’s time to move on to the fun stuff – adding components and setting properties. Stay tuned for the next article in our series, where we dive into components (entities, dashboards, business process flows and more)!

Heidi Neuhauser
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Heidi is Director of CRM Projects at Reenhanced. With more than ten years experience in CRM, she has a wide variety of industry and product knowledge working with organizations of all sizes (from small non-profit organizations to Fortune 100 companies) to implement and rescue CRM and train end users. Heidi is a Microsoft Certified Professional with numerous Microsoft CRM Certificates and a CRMUG All-Star.
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