I have had my WordPress site running more or less smoothly for a few years. Recently I noticed that the footer disappeared from the entire site. I did a little digging around only to discover that everything from the footer was lying within the 'Inactive Widgets' section (under Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets).
So I dragged everything back in place and checked the website – everything was fine. The next day I checked, the footer was gone again. I did the same thing again and this time returned to check the website a few minutes later. Within minutes (maybe ~5 or so) I noticed that the footer widgets were being removed in parts, i.e. Footers 3 and 4 had already gone as well as the sidebar, but footers 1 and 2 were still there. I refreshed the page and found that now footer 2 had also disappeared. Then soon the entire thing was gone again.
It's been going on for a few weeks now and I can't find help anywhere. There's no point in restoring the widgets because they go away within few minutes anyway. Does anyone have any idea what's going on?
One of the latest things I've done is deactivated all the plugins and then reactivated again. Previously I've tried disabling one of the big plugins for a couple of days only to find no success.
If it helps, here are the website specs:
- WordPress version: 5.4.2–en_GB (latest)
- Theme: Bellevue Version: 3.2.8 (running on child theme)
- Page builder: Elementor Version 2.9.14 (free/included with theme)
- Hosting: GoDaddy Linux cPanel
- PHP version: 7.4
I'm at wits end now. Any help would be greatly appreciated!