I have had to do this a couple of times now so I figured I would share it with the community. I am going to keep this short because I really hope that you are familiar with jQueryUI's Sortable class before starting this tutorial.
We all know how good 'gii' automates the code for us and we normally tend to be happy with what that tool offers at the beginning of our Yii learning curve. But as soon as you start working in larger and larger projects, you realize that its code is too repetitive to maintain and having a small pitfall in general actions means to go over and over through them to fix the issues.
There are several methods and techniques that come handy in the case you need to call an external resource periodically or if you are waiting for a server push, but I present here an easy and straightforward one using HTML5's Server-Sent Events (SSE).
CButtonColumn in CGridView can be customised to include user built buttons. To learn a great deal about including custom buttons, read this excellent wiki.
This tutorial will show how to call an action from one custom button using AJAX instead of regular GET calls.
A lot of people have written posts on integrating Yii and WordPress. This article combines goncin's approach with an article I read about integrating Symfony and WordPress and applies it all to Yii and WordPress.