Looking at the index.dwt.php page, I only see the footer editable region.
i do not see the other editable regions in on the index.dwt.php file
When adding the editable regions, don't use code view, use design view.
Select the are that should be an editable region, then go to Insert -> Templates -> Editable Region.
You should get the template working correctly, only when the template is completed, convert it to a theme.
Then apply the them to the index page and add the plugin