WordPress Framework


Thank you for downloading Cherry Framework 4. This documentation consists of several parts and covers the entire process of installing and setting up Cherry Framework starting from scratch.

What is Cherry Framework

Cherry Framework 4 is an open source theme framework for WordPress. It has a rich variety of features and functional enhancements that allows to create WordPress websites and themes of any complexity.

Cherry Framework Structure

Cherry Framework is built as a WordPress theme. Let's check what's inside:

  • assets
    CSS, SCSS and JS files.
  • content
    page and post template files (.tmpl)
  • languages
    localizations files.
  • lib
    framework core.
  • menu
    menu template files (primay, secondary).
  • templates
    template files for static areas, system pages, header and footer wrappers etc.
  • woocommerce
    Cherry Framework compatible WooCommerce file updates.
  • 404.php
    404 error page template. Displayed if WordPress can not find the requested page.
  • base.php
    file specifies the basic structure of pages.
  • cherry-options.php
    default values for Cherry Framework options.
  • footer.php
    footer template file.
  • functions.php
    file contains additional functions that are required for Cherry Framework theme functioning. Also file contains somу WordPress core features enhancements, for example: thumbnails diemsions, path to loxalization files, widgets dimensions etc.
  • index.php
    main templates file. If your theme use custom template files this file is required.
  • page.php
    WordPress page template file.
  • rtl.css
    right-to-left styling.
  • screenshot.png
    theme screenshot.
  • single.php
    single post page template. Used to displayed requested post.
  • style.css
    main stylesheet file. It is required to be present in the theme. Should contain theme info in comment block.


Before installing a Cherry Framework, you need to get fully prepared. We recommend that you get the following aspects covered:


Before you even start working with Cherry Framework, you should download the required software. You can check the required software on the template preview page.
Requirements can alter from template to template, so we will list the most important ones:

  1. First of all, you will need the right software to extract files from the password protected archive. You can use WinZip 9 or a later version (if you have Windows OS) or Stuffit Expander 10 or a later version (if you have Mac OS).
  2. You might also need Adobe Photoshop. It is used to edit the source .PSD files in case you need to change the graphic design and images of the template.
  3. To edit the template source code, you can use code editors like Adobe Dreamweaver, Notepad++, Sublime Text, etc.
  4. To upload files to a hosting server, you will need an FTP manager like Total Commander, FileZilla, CuteFTP, etc.


As WordPress CMS is a PHP/MySQL platform, you need to have the hosting server prepared for it.

In case you already have a hosting server, you need to check whether it is compatibile with WordPress hosting requirements , in other words, whether you can host a WordPress website with it.

Cherry Framework itself requires Apache or Nginx hosting servers with the following configuration settings:

Recommended Configuration
  1. In php.ini define the following:
    • 'max_execution_time' => 60;
    • 'memory_limit' => 128;
    • 'post_max_size' => 8;
    • 'upload_max_filesize' => 8;
    • 'max_input_time' => 45;
    • 'file_uploads' => 'on';
    • 'safe_mode' => 'off';
  2. in .htaccess file: 'php_value max_execution_time' => 60;
  3. in wp-config.php: 'set_time_limit' => 60;
  4. 1 GB of disk space
  5. memory limit per process: 64mb (128mb or more recommended)

Minimal required version of PHP is 5.2.4 and MySQL 5. PHP 5.2 is already not safe as contains critical vulnerabilities that can be used to harm your website. Some Cherry Framework extensions will not work with PHP 5.2 and require version 5.4 or later.

Recommended settings are:

  1. PHP 5.4
  2. MySQL 5.5 or later
  3. mod_rewrite
  4. php fopen
  5. suPHP

You can also install WordPress on your PC or laptop through a local server. You can use the next software to create a local server: WAMP, AppServ, MAMP, etc. All of these support WordPress and can be installed as regular software.

These tutorials will help you set up the local server: