There Is Now A cpasswordhelper Class In system.utils at GitHub
that provides an API to simplify the use of crypt() for password storage.
While this wiki article remains valid, it will in due course be rewritten
to refer to the new class as well as explain how it works.
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.