In old personal sites there was often a gallery dedicated to previous site splashes. These graphics helped old net visitors to move from the "index" to the actual homepage of a site, and if people already had saved the right address to their favourites, they went usually overlooked.
In many occasions the splash page also had important stats of a site, as well as a list of links to other directions (usually forums or oekakis); sometimes they were updated for special occasions, such as holidays or birthday celebrations.
Here's Valyce Negative's previous splashes!
Click on the thumbnails to get a full view! Hover to learn more about them.