ATP: A new look, a new domain, the same old stuff!

Posted on September 1, 2006
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ATP Team

Welcome to The new home of All Things Pakistan (ATP).

We moved all the posts and comments from the old ATP address here late this evening; because it had to be a real time move, we are now in the process of ironing out some small kinks, which we hope to remove soon. So, please bear with us; and if you have any suggestions do let us know since we will finalize this over the next couple of days.

It has been a whirlwind of a ride for us here at ATP. The blog is just two and a half months old. Adil Najam started the blog as ‘something to do over the summer’ and the first post had gone up on June 11, 2006. By July 16, we were up to 100 posts and had developed a small but faithful readership. One August 18, ATP formally became a team blog with Bilal and Owais joining Adil. Today, on September 1, we have moved to our own domain-name (Pakistaniat.Com) in this redesigned format.

We hope you will like the new look and the many additional features, most of which have been added in direct response to reader’s suggestions. I must confess that I kind of liked the simplicity of our old page, but as the number of readers and comments have grown, particularly in recent days, new needs have emerged. Here are some things that are new or changed:

  • The comments section uses a larger and easier to use font size.
  • The box for writing comments is now bigger and uses a bigger font size.
  • You will have up to 3 minutes to review and re-edit your comments after posting them (in case you make a mistake).
  • We are trying to bring in essential editing features to the comments section; working on it.
  • The link to comments is now placed at the top of each post on the front page.
  • Easy to access information about current discussions and recent comments will be on the front page at the top of the middle column.
  • The ‘ATP Discussions’ section will list the posts with the most recent comments, and include names of recent commenters on that post.
  • The ‘ATP Comments’ section will now include a longer list of recent comments.
  • The front page will (soon) allow you to search both within the site and on Google.
  • The ‘EMail this post’ feature allows you to send any post you like directly to your friends.
  • The Archives page currently has a slight glitch on search by date (working on it) but the search by category works fine and allows easier and at a glance access to past posts.
  • The search feature will now lead to an easier to read and summarized results.

These are a few of the feature we have already added. There are more that we will add over the next many days and weeks.

Bear with us as we fix any problems but do explore the site; please change you bookmarks; and keep coming back often. Most importantly, we hope you will bring the same spirit of healthy discussion to that you had invested at the old ATP. It is the discussion that really makes this blog. Many have commented that the quality of the comments — in terms of substance as well as tone — is different from other places that can sometimes turn into shouting matches. We hope to keep it that was, one our part we will keep weeding out inappropriate behavior; on your part, please keep the thinking juices flowing!

Finally, let us just repeat – yet again – the ideas and thoughts we had offered in the very first ATP post through this quick journey of verse and image, based on Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s ‘Hum daikhain gay’, produced by Adil Najam, which serves as a statement of hope that, we hope, exemplifies the spirit of this blog:

23 Comments on “ATP: A new look, a new domain, the same old stuff!”

  1. September 1st, 2006 9:48 pm

    Dear Adil and team,
    Wish you the very best !

  2. Saad says:
    September 1st, 2006 10:00 pm

    Looks fabulous! Great work.

    edit: Kindly check if the RSS feeds for this site are running fine, i can’t seem to get any :s

  3. September 1st, 2006 10:34 pm

    In addition to all of you who I need to thank for ‘showing up’ once we made the blog, I wanted to thank a few individauls in particular for their technical assistance. iFaqeer for introducing me to blogs and explaining patiently what they are and how to get started. Dr. Awab (TeethMaestro) for suggesting that we should get our own domain and then being a patient guide through the process. I have been incessantly sending him emails with problems and he has been graciously responding always with assistance.

    Saad. Thanks for pointing out the feed issue. Something is worng and I am working on finding a fix.

  4. Ramesh Balakrishnan says:
    September 1st, 2006 10:36 pm

    Good work. Can we revive polls? Suggested poll question.

    Who is the greatest leader Pakistan has ever produced?

    1. Ayub Khan
    2. Pervez Musharraf
    3. Benazir Bhutto
    4. Farooq Leghari
    5. Z.A.Bhutto
    6. Altaf Hussain
    7. Chaudhry Hussain
    8. Pervez Elahi
    9. Imran Khan
    10. Nawaz Sharif
    11. Yahya Khan
    12. Mr.Jinnah
    13. Shaukat Aziz

  5. BD says:
    September 2nd, 2006 1:33 am

    The extended live archives needs a bit of work. The post titles are all overlapping with each other.

    Take a look at the screenshot

  6. Adil Najam says:
    September 2nd, 2006 1:46 am

    BD, thanks. Yes, we are trying to figure out what is going wrong there. The Archives seems to work by Category but not by date… working on it.

    There is also an ongoing issue with the RSS feed that we are trying to resolve.

    Bear with us on both, please.

  7. September 2nd, 2006 2:18 am


    Time flew so fast.I remember you just started 2 months ago.Am I right and this site become favorite of many online users specially for people of PAkistan and other countries of subcontinent.

    I hope this website will not only maintain its standard but also will discuss social issues in our society and will provide solution for them.

    I also suggest to Adil bhai and his team which I assume all are overseas Pakistanis,that please preach pakistanis to come back and do take part in every field.


  8. BD says:
    September 2nd, 2006 2:46 am

    I see that you are using K2. May be this might help:

    In the K2 options section there’s a button “Setup ELA for K2 archives page”. I remember having faced a similar problem; clicking on that button solved it.

  9. ayesha says:
    September 2nd, 2006 2:54 am

    Good work guys and best of luck!

    Just a little suggestion on the layout – you might want to demarcate the various section on the sidebar, maybe a bit like it was on the old site? That will just make it easier to spot stuff in contrast to looking through one long list, where all the sections seem to be grouped together.

  10. BD says:
    September 2nd, 2006 2:58 am

    Agree with Ayesha. Also “ATP comments” seems redundant when we already have “ATP discussions”(Brian’s latest comments)

  11. Asma says:
    September 2nd, 2006 4:11 am

    Very Nice … Congrats … Hping to see some more flourishing and interesting posts here :)

  12. jyoti says:
    September 2nd, 2006 5:01 am

    Well, Adil. So you have moved your blog to a new and bigger “home”. But frankly, I liked the old “home” (layout) much better:(

    1. If Yash Chopara sees the banner picture on your blog, he would instantly jump up with joy for having found another “SarsoN kaa khet” location for his next movie:)

    The top 10 dictators by “New Stateman” magazine has Hitler on number one and your prez on number 7…

  13. BD says:
    September 2nd, 2006 4:13 pm

    That article has placed George Bush at number 1 :)

    and LOL @ the ‘SarsoN kaa khet’ comment :P

  14. Adil Najam says:
    September 2nd, 2006 5:01 pm

    Just to let you know that the two major bugs have now both been RESOLVED.

    1.The Archives Page now works and I hope you will find time to dig through some still very pertinent posts that were put up earlier and which you might have missed.
    2.The RSS Feed is also now operational. I checked the Feedburner feed on multiple browsers and that now seems OK.
    Thank you all for your patient. And special thanks to Dr. Awab and especially to BD for guiding me through these fixes.

    I now have more confidence that we will also be able to catch any glitches that might arise. Two more things:

    (a) If you see any glicthes or need for changes please let us know at
    (b) We know that the old videos are not yet operational on this new site. We need to manually change each code slightly and will do that shortly.

  15. Razarumi says:
    September 3rd, 2006 1:04 am

    Dear Adil and the ATP team:
    Congrats on the smooth transition. The site is looking great!

  16. Idrees says:
    September 3rd, 2006 3:25 pm

    I like the new design beacuse it is much easier to get a snapshot of what is happening. I use both Firefox and Internet Explorer and found that it is MUCH better in Firefox. Could you look into that plesae I think more people use Explorer

  17. Aisha PZ says:
    September 3rd, 2006 2:15 am

    Congrats to you Aadil, and the ATP team on the new site launch! It is definitely bolder and the content is more visible to the eye. I am sure you are all still in the process of aligning and restructuring the layout and categories, but if you find it helpful, I’d love to share my 2 cents worth!

    It is sometimes helpful to sort and set up sections on the site by importance/section relevance and how and where the site visitor views and clicks on content. Arranging information in such a hierarchy can lend to a smoother visit (both content related and visually) to your blog readers! Here are some layout suggestions:

    -Maintain the content/blogpost in the center column (column #2). The readers on the internet usually read content in the center first and go to the left and then right side of a web page.

    -Move the “Debate, Past Posts, Pollsâ€

  18. mansoor says:
    September 3rd, 2006 4:21 am


    You guys have come a long way in two months :)

  19. ahmed says:
    September 4th, 2006 11:56 pm


    But can there really be TRUE LOVE without any of these ?

  20. Ed Munton says:
    September 11th, 2007 11:05 pm

    I was looking to purchase Medjool seeds and came across your fascinating website. Any suggestions for buying seeds?

  21. November 8th, 2009 12:43 pm

    >You will have up to 3 minutes to review and re-edit your comments after posting them (in case you make a mistake).

    I didn’t know we could do that. Is this the only blog where that is possible? Cool to say the least. Hey, let me try that. Oh, I forgot to say thanks.

  22. November 8th, 2009 12:44 pm

    I didn’t make a mistake but I can’t re-edit my comment

  23. November 9th, 2009 1:29 am

    I’ve only been on this blog for 2 days and I already have a very bad impression of Admin. My queries are never answered and on top of that my comment in the post Khuda ke liye was held in moderation for some reason and it has still not been published. I am assuming Admin deleted it. I’m very disappointed with the unprofessional attitude of admin.

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