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  • I upgraded from 2.5.1 where it just had SECRET KEY. Ths sticky did not say whether you should do this on upgrade. The upgrade says youre supposed to keep your configs so I did. I also have five blogs one db. Will it mess anything up if I toss SECRET KEY and add these new keys to the config file for each blog? Should all the keys be different for each blog if I should do this

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  • Before you upgrade, go to to generate the three new keys (the new keys are between and ). In the new WordPress folder, rename wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php and enter your old data and the three newly generated secret keys. I think that the secret keys are supposed to be unique for each WordPress installation.

    I just upgraded to 2.6.2 from 2.5.1, and (fingers crossed) everything went well. I didn’t keep the 2.5.1 secret key.

    OK, that last sentence says it all. It doesn’t seem like 2.6 uses the old secret key at all (since it’s not even there) and it probably uses defaults for the new keys if u don’t define them, which are of course more hackable so I guess it’s not a hash into the database, and if it was used to generate anything it’s probably safely tucked in the database. I will just leave my old secret keys just in case. And I will make all of them unique.

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