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GitHub, a company with a popular web service for housing developers’ code, has decided to shut down the Easel codeless website-designing service it picked up through an acquisition at the beginning of this year.

“Active today, we are no longer accepting new signups,” states an Easel blog post, the first one since the announcement of its acquisition by GitHub. “On Oct 31st, will no longer be available. We will be refunding all paying customers for the previous month of service, and will no longer charge moving forward.”

It’s unclear why GitHub waited so long to hit the off button on Easel. Other companies that make acquisitions, like Yahoo, tend to shut down the services for the startups they buy right away. In this case, months went by with no changes.

Easel’s users can save their creations by downloading the HTML or CSS for their sites, free of charge.

As for the people behind Easel, they’ll be able to focus their attention on other work inside GitHub, according to the blog post.


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