What are Breadcrumbs in WordPress?

Breadcrumbs in WordPress I have been blogging for a few years now and have wondered the entire time,”What the heck are breadcrumbs?  Can they make my blogs better?”  Clearly they aren’t required for a WordPress blog, but can they make a WordPress blog better? What are Breadcrumbs? Simply put, breadcrumbs enable you to put a navigation aid at the top of your page.  When you see at the top of a webpage such as: Home –> Articles –> WordPress –> What are Breadcrumbs in WordPress you are seeing a trail of breadcrumbs. Beginning WordPress does not use breadcrumbs because the site navigation in so flat that they are not needed, but if your site has a complicated navigational structure they can be very useful to your readers. How to Implement Breadcrumbs in WordPress The simple answer is get yourself a plugin.  You could write some code into your site’s functions.php file (or find some online that somebody else has posted), put I am a fan of plugins because they are so easy for a non-technical person to implement.  A search on WordPress.org for “breadcrumbs” reveals 89 results!  That’s a lot of choices. You may already have a plugin that does breadcrumbs as sometimes this gets added in as extra functionality.  I personally use the Yoast SEO plugin (not an advertisement for the plugin, that’s just what I use), which has the functionality built in.  So if I wanted to implement them for this page I would literally go and click a check box, define the character(s) that separate layers of the navigation (such as the –> I put in...

Why use WordPress? Because it is Simple and Good!

What is WordPress? Per the WordPress.org website, “WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.”  But what does that mean really? WordPress is a piece of software that handles all the hard parts of creating and maintaining a website for you.  In the old days, a person basically had to be a programmer to create web pages.  Every single thing that appeared on a website was manually coded in HTML (HyperText Markup Language), and woe unto you if you made a serious mistake, such as forgetting a semicolon.  Nowadays?  If you so desire you can concentrate on creating a great website and leave all the grunt-work to WordPress. Technically speaking, WordPress is a content management system using PHP and mySQL to manage all the bits and bobs that go into a website.  There are several others out there, but I believe that WordPress is the most widely adopted.  It allows a writer to create content, manage pictures and other media, and wrap it all up so that anybody with an internet connection can access it. Why Use WordPress? While there are several other similar platforms out there, there are a few advantages to using WordPress.  Since is has such a large user base, and is open source software, the entire user community can create extensions (themes, widgets and plugins, which I’ll get to later) vastly increasing the capabilities of the base software.  This website, at the time of writing this article, uses over a dozen plugins to automate some of the management or extending the capabilities of the base system. Easy to Install Having...

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