The Yii Framework is very powerful and it provides a lot of functionality right from the pre-built webapp. One of the nice things that is already established for you as a developer is the Login authentication. While the default configuration simply sets it up to run against an array of hard coded usernames and passwords, the Yii Blog Tutorial provides a how to in connecting that login authentication method to a database so you can run your logins against the registered users. Talk about sweet deal.
Some PHP installations may use a different php.ini file for CLI PHP (command line PHP parser). As a result, when running the model or crud command in yiic shell, you may encounter errors like "YiiBase::include(PDO.php): failed to open stream..." or "...could not find driver", even though the requirement checker confirms you have PDO and the corresponding database driver.