There are cases that you want more control to your menu
Suppose you want a specific menu with complex css, layout, images.
If you are testing your app and use urlManager in your config, sometimes you will find a problem: you want to test your site independing from urlManager settings. in that way you need to extend your WebTestCase class by this method:
Most of the currently available functions/extensions/behaviors directly or indirectly use timestamps to perform "format" and "timezone" conversions. This creates problems for dates falling outside the timestamp range; and the two forms of conversions must often be done in separate processes. However, by using php's DateTime class (instead of timestamps), we can do both conversions on a single DateTime object (only 2 lines of code) for date, time, timestamp and datetime types - while php takes care of nightmares such as daylight saving times and more importantly, historical changes in timezones and daylight saving times.
Backoffice Grid Views often list information like Posts for a blog while showing at the same time linked information like the User who wrote that post.
For more efficiency, it is appropriate that the User is displayed as a link to the User detail page.