I'm looking for a CMS with the following features and the flexibility to upgrade easily. I'm only interested in the admin side of it; I'm not looking to admin a website. The end-goal is to have a site that allows me to administer content.

  • the ability to define an object and automatically have the database table created, along with crud pages (and forms) automatically created
  • inbuilt first-class objects like images and basic image handling such as rotate and crop (by dragging a square around where I want to crop)
  • object relations automatically handled from specifying them
  • some kind of import / export to allow me to add new records or export data to CSV
  • the ability to define custom operations on data - e.g. the price is £4.50, and I want to be able to remove / add VAT, or to display the amount of sales of a product by counting the amount of sales for that product that's stored in the sales table etc.

Please not Drupal. I find it tedious and painfully slow.

  • "I'm only interested in the admin side of it" : So, no publicly visible pages? Only you can see the website?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 6:16
  • "Admin side" referring to the CRUD aspects. There doesn't need to be any security as the only purpose is to admin content, not facilitate presention. Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 5:19

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The closest that I can think of as per your requirement is not a CMS but more of a framework so I'm looking into Yii and a couple of extension

For db CRUD functions, you can use gii crud generator, just create your db structure and the code will be generated to froms from basic crud operations- http://www.yiiframework.com/doc/guide/1.1/en/quickstart.first-app http://www.yiiframework.com/doc/guide/1.1/en/topics.gii http://www.yiiframework.com/wiki/710/crud-operation-in-yii-framework/

For image editing - http://www.yiiframework.com/extension/image-editor/

For DB exporting - http://www.yiiframework.com/extension/yii-dump-db/

For DB importing - http://www.yiiframework.com/extension/dlhelperdatabase/

For the ability to customize data, I think you need to create your custom functions to achieve your desired output for that

If your into a highly customizable PHP CMS, what I'm thinking is Wordpress coz it has a built in image editing functions, woocommerce and has a lot of price customization, but I'm doubting that it will be fast for your requirement

  • Isn't Yii 1.1 being deprecated in place of 2.0? Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 14:41
  • yes, but most of your required functions is readily available in yii1 and not yet readily available in yii2, you might need to do more coding to it Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 21:53
  • The db importer / exporter only works with sql, not csv format Commented Aug 28, 2015 at 1:47

I think I've finally found a reasonable solution: Microsoft Access! Yes, really!

As it's a single user, I'm not fussed that it's not accessible via a browser, also, it has VBA (which is Visual Basic Actionscript) and with a bit of fuss, allows me to use C# Dll's or .Net functionality, has built-in forms and quite a few other niceities!

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