There are cases that you want more control to your menu
Suppose you want a specific menu with complex css, layout, images.
I was playing around with another PHP framework which I didn't really liked anyway but it had simple and nice integration for PHP built in web server so I decided to write one for Yii (since this is my primary PHP framework)
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 packagist.org. You are recommended to follow the approach below:
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".