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Using Bootstrap with LESS

Created 4 years ago by Chris83How-tos1 comment – viewed 44,681 times – ( +14 ) – version 1.1
I discovered Twitter Bootstrap almost two years ago. After trying it out for a while I fell in love with it. It didn't take long before I realized that it would be great to write an extension that allowed developers to start using Bootstrap in their Yii projects. One night I sat down and started writing what later became my now popular bootstrap extension. Now that the extension is quite widely used in the community I felt that it was time to write about how to use Bootstrap to its full potential. If you use the Bootstrap CSS files you're really missing out on some great features. After reading this article you'll be able to take full advantage of Bootstrap using LESS.

Integrating HybridAuth directly into Yii without an extension

Created 4 years ago by biz devHow-tos8 comments – viewed 38,914 times – ( +14 ) – version 1.1
This article tries to explain the steps required in integrating the HybridAuth into Yii directly, without using an extension.

How to ensure unicity to url

Created 5 years ago by zaccariaTips3 comments – viewed 13,596 times – ( +14 ) – version 1.1
Many time for SEO porpouses is important that each page will have a unique address.
tags: SEO, unique, URL

Customizing Yii's formatting rules (extending CFormatter)

Created 5 years ago by HaenselTips0 comments – viewed 16,731 times – ( +14 ) – version 1.1
CFormatter is one of Yii's core components and used to format values displayed in widgets like CGridView or CDetailView. All classic formats like numbers, text, urls or datetime are supported but you may have to use a formatting rule that isn't built in. Let's say we want to display arrays of strings (like tags associated with a product model). When using CDetailView we would usually make use of PHPs implode function to create a simple string value of all values in the $product->tags array.

Activating Bootstrap 3 Tooltips & Popover for your Yii Site.

Created 2 years ago by Kartik VTips7 comments – viewed 36,488 times – ( +39 / -4 ) – version 2.0
With Bootstrap 3 and its inbuilt support in Yii Framework 2.0, you would see quite some new ways of creating HTML markup and styling your site. However, with version 3 of Bootstrap, tooltips and popover are not activated by default on your elements. Assuming you have activated the Bootstrap 3 tooltip plugin - how do you easily enable display of tooltips/popovers across your site?

How to store array/widget configuration to the database with config validation rules

Created 2 years ago by Kartik VTutorials0 comments – viewed 6,786 times – ( +39 / -4 ) – version 2.0
You may have scenarios, where you want to store a specific array configuration to the database. A classic example could be saving Yii widget configuration to the database and then retrieving it at runtime, with dynamic parameters set. This wiki discusses one of the approaches to do this. Let's consider you have something like the NavBar configuration below to store in the db:

Using your own forked version of extensions with composer

Created 2 years ago by Kartik VTutorials3 comments – viewed 9,714 times – ( +39 / -4 ) – version 2.0
So you want to use a fork of any existing vendor extension with your Yii 2 install and use the fork, instead of original source. This does not need you to push any update or register your package on You are recommended to follow the approach below:

Kickstart development with Yii-App

Created 4 years ago by Chris83How-tos25 comments – viewed 31,194 times – ( +21 / -1 ) – version 1.1
I recently created a project called Yii-App on GitHub to kickstart my development of smaller Yii applications. The main goal of the project is to provide a ready-to-use application template that includes my bootstrap extension and many other useful extensions. After reading this article you will be able to use this project as a starting point for all of your Yii projects.

Adding search to Yii blog example (using Zend Lucene)

Created 5 years ago by dckurushinTutorials21 comments – viewed 73,936 times – ( +33 / -3 ) – version 1.1
For this tutorial I will add a search to the blog demo. The search would be based on Zend Lucene.

Special $variables in CGridView and CListView

Created 5 years ago by Steve FriedlTips11 comments – viewed 62,951 times – ( +27 / -2 ) – version 1.1
The popular CListView and CGridView widgets each take a data provider and iterate over each data object produced, calling the user's code to render each row one at a time, and most are familiar with the use of the $data variable to represent the current model object or array.