These newsletters have always been hard to create as regular web HTML is not properly read by web email interfaces and email clients. I thought that the simplest solution would be to use a web page that would serve as a web version of the newsletter and turn it somehow into newsletter HTML.
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.
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.
Generally we need to show one or more fields from a model that is related to another model used in CGridView.
For our case we will use two related models, which explain how to use model "A" fields in a CGridView that used model "B".