The gadgets you have seen in previous recipes can be used only in the dashboard. It could be useful to manage the gadget as a portlet so that you can use all the portlet features, such as the security and event management, and manage them in any page of the portal.
You need the Gadget Wrapper Portlet . With it, you can add the gadget to any page of the portal and use the Portlet preferences for the configuration.
Follow these steps to make a gadget a portlet: