The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Michael Biesecker has the story.
By Michael BIESEKERERMilwaukee – The Milwaukee Web Hosting company shut down a website Thursday and the state’s largest Web host company said it would have to shut down other online services.
On Wednesday, the company shuttered Webhosting.com, which had hosted some of the state, local and national Web sites.
It was the first time that the company had shut down any Web site, said Scott Kowalski, the site’s co-owner.
The company is an independent owner of the Web hosting company.
It is part of a wave of consolidation in the Web world that has left many companies struggling to stay afloat.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue said in a statement that Webhost.com’s closure will affect some customers but did not give a reason.
The department said the state will provide refunds to those customers who purchased a service from Webhost and that the state would provide free Web hosting services to other customers.
The state said it will also make refunds available to people who purchased Webhost services.
The department said that it would also refund Webhost from any other charges related to its closure.
In response to questions about whether the state was doing anything to help customers, a spokesman for Webhost said it has not received any inquiries from the department.
Kowalsky said his company has been hosting websites for years, including sites for the Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and the U.S. Postal Service.
He said the sites, which include a county website, also include other sites that have been shuttered by other Web hosts.
He said Webhost was one of the first to close its Web hosting operations when the state closed the Webhosts Webhost hosting operations in 2013.
Kotlin, a technology firm, is the company’s partner and runs Webhost sites for many of the same clients, including the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Kotlin was the largest tenant in Webhost’s Web hosting division, according to a company document.
In a blog post on Thursday, Kotlin said it was “shocked and saddened” by the closure of Webhost, and said it “took the unprecedented step of shutting down a site.”
Kowelski said the company also did not want to be involved with other Web hosting companies that had not closed down.
He did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
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