I have a client with some quite specific needs. I normally build things to spec but they, quite rightly, want to see if there's anything off-the-shelf rather than paying to have something built from scratch.

Here are the key requirements:

  • Multi-lingual
  • Create bespoke fields for different areas of the site (E.g. events, movies)
  • Advanced user management (create group of users and control which groups can access certain areas of the site)
  • Create XML feed of certain areas of the site
  • Visual user statistics in the main admin


It should be PHP/MySQL and the design should be completely customisable (full access to HTML/CSS) and not be WordPress. The client has had a bad experience with it and we don't want to be reliant on loads of plugins. One or two well-tested ones are okay. It can be open source or commercial, we don't care.

Any ideas? The Hero Framework looks good in terms of points two and three above but not sure about the rest.

This one has multi-lingual support and seems to do user management. http://ionizecms.com

As always, it's hard to find something that checks all the boxes.

Thanks in advance.