Ok, the login issue was that i did not notice there was a single quote in the password. Copy/pasting that it was making it into a fancy single quote. After I fixed that, I was able to log in.
The issue was the theme lacked the wp_footer() template tag in the
footer.php file. After I added it, the template started working as it should.
Not having that template tag will break a lot of plugins so it’s best that it is there.
Hope that helps!
If you have a moment, I would truly appreciate a review as they really do make a difference. Many thanks in advance!