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 my example above), and they would be automatically be implemented throughout the site. That is why I love plugins.
Concluding Thoughts on Breadcrumbs
Breadcrumbs can definitely be a useful addition to your webpages, but are certainly not required. For a very flat hierarchy such as this page has they’re not necessary. For a more complicated hierarchy they are very useful.
I would personally use a plugin to implement them, especially since I already have a plugin that does it for me. The ability to quickly set them up and then not worry about them again is huge for me – simple is good. In addition, if I ever decide to take them back out I can do it in just a few seconds. Definitely the way to go.