CHtml::ajaxLink(), CHtml::ajaxSubmitButton() and similar methods are great, but if they are located inside a portion of the page that is already loaded via ajax something bad will happen, something you may even not notice if you are not using tools like firebugs: the sent ajax requests will multiply themselves.
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).
With the adoption of PJax on Yii2 things have change quite a bit with GridView when it comes to work with them in AJAX mode. It will probably be confusing at the beginning, but then you will soon realize how powerful the new approach is.
There is an issue on Yii2 to redirecting / urls to /frontend/web.
In other words we need a way to hidden /frontend/web from addresses.
We will do this without changing Apache configuration and creating virtual host or setting document root (It's good for share hostings that we have not access to apache.conf)
In Yii 1.x, there was a built in widget CStarRating based on the jquery star rating plugin. There exists no prebuilt solution in Yii2, however the same concepts can be extended using any jquery plugin.
Yii makes it really easy for all to use their already made objects that automate everything we do. It provides also great power of flexibility and styling but hey, we programmers tend to complicate our lives and push a little more the power of our tools.