When working with a content management system users might encounter a situation where they are not happy with a set of content. For example, a webpage in a CMS (Wordpress, Joomla) does not show text the way they want it to show. Users can either edit the content or start from scratch until they are happy with the result.
Which of the two is easier (cognitive load wise) for users?
A user case
I'm wondering about this in a general sense but also in a specific situation I'm working on. I'm designing a large portal (CMS). When a user logs in for the first time we generate a website for them. This website has a placeholder home page until the user creates his own homepage. Would it be easier for the user to edit this placeholder homepage in the CMS or let him create a new one that overwrites the placeholder when the users saves.
In the latter case the user would not see the placeholder as content in the portal. I can imagine it would be quite a load for users to edit a page when they first create something. Creating a new one might be easier to start with.