Go write one. :-D Every good system in CPAN (or PHP, or Python ...) started with someone’s good idea.
But here is what you are very likely to encounter when you go down “the Drupal road” ... plug-in hell. I’ve been there, as likely have you. The software, good and well-built though it is, has a very narrow view of what “content” is, and a very limited capability to devise true “business rules” concerning it. Very soon, your “exceptions,” as defined by those plug-ins and callouts, have become the rules.
Perl offers a number of very good frameworks by which any sort of web-application (front and back end) can be constructed in less time than you would do without their assistance. So, full-disclosure, does PHP, so it really isn’t the fault of the language. But these Perl frameworks are generally building-blocks. Systems like Drupal make it look easy, and in so doing, tend to yield much more fragile production systems.
You definitely do have a customer-expectations problem, and I would suggest trying to deal with it diplomatically but firmly. The more times any piece of source-code is changed, the weaker it becomes.
I’m afraid that you are wearing some rose-colored glasses with regards to Drupal ... no software system, regardless of implementation language, is really that way. And you are also encountering the realities of “shared hosting.”
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