This wiki is a step-by-step example explaining how the controller, model and the view's CGridView work together. It explains simple things - as well as more complex things that you will anyway quickly have to know. So, even if you don't use dynamic gridviews, take a morning off and thoroughly work through this tutorial. It should save you lots of struggling.
There are a few issues with the other solutions I originally used that I found from other wikis. I address the issues I had in this much simpler and shorter way. I am also going to explain what is going into way more detail than others to help people understand what's going on.
With Yii Framework 2.0, one of the many changes, that Yii 1.x developers will face is removal of all client helpers and revamp of the CClientScript functionality. For example no more CHtml::ajaxLink or Html::ajaxLink. How do you cater to such requirements in Yii 2.0?