Change WordPress URL of an old domain you don’t have

I was in a few situations where I had old WordPress websites without an actual URL. This happened because of a cancel or change or just starting over. I wanted to access these sites and change them over. I learned quickly that this is actually quite easy.

1. Add the below code to your sites functions.php in the theme directory.

update_option( 'siteurl', '' );
update_option( 'home', '' );


2. Then access the website with that URL.

3. Once you get to the login and login, you will need to update all the URLS that your website is currently looking for. I tested out a few plugins but ended up using Go Live Update URLS’s’


Once I did that, I was back in business.