The only difference between what I did and those instructions is using
instead of the functions.php file. Are you saying that makes a difference?
All other guides out there for child themes say to use functions.php instead of import because you get better performance.
I found a previous post of yours from January that says: “We do not encourage using of Child Theme, it does not work properly with Evolve Plus Theme.”
Is that still true? Or have you fixed Evolve Plus so that it now works with child themes?