Ok, this isn't exactly new, but its very much different from how many people use XOOPS. Emma Watson Online
(an Emma Watson fan site) had previously used XOOPS as a community portal/site but we've transitioned that use to simply using XOOPS for content management and we happy to say that the flexibility of XOOPS has allowed us to do that.
We hope that this site gives inspiration to some XOOPS users as to how XOOPS can be used and taken advantage of to make great sites. The underlying framework is really excellent and one can easily build upon it, as we have. The theme system has allowed us to do whatever we want in the theme and not have to go the traditional Left Navigation Panel, Content Panel, and Right Info Panel layout. Things like search engine friendly URLs were not a problem, XOOPS allowed us to quickly implement that.
We've used XOOPS for over 3 years and since the start of the site and its really worked for us. Thats not to say there weren't initial problems, since has a high load on the server due to the CMS, but after some optimizations and custom caching mechanisms, all of those problems have been solved. And now, XOOPS allows the site to better scale with increased users and content.
We hope to have many more great years and continue running our site with XOOPS.