I'm new to blogging and would like suggestions for a site which offers advanced functionality and flexibility for blogs that perhaps allows me to use my own web domain name and sponsorship from advertisers but tools that enable me to have a dash board / control panel type interface.
I would prefer a free one but would consider paying a small monthly charge if required. I know of a few. Wordpress is one that springs to mind. Any other good quality blogs sites that people here can highly recommend?