How To: Add Breadcrumbs to Your WordPress Blog

Over the past couple of years, breadcrumbs have really taken off around the internet and it seems like all sorts of major websites are now using them. Unfortunately blogs in general, and WordPress in particular, haven’t really adopted the use of breadcrumbs, which is a huge shame in my opinion. Breadcrumbs are great for improving both reader navigation of your website while at the same time assisting the search engines with determining the structure of your website. In other words, breadcrumbs are super sexy and great SEO for your blog.

So, does your WordPress theme have breadcrumbs built into it?   Whenever I’m picking a new WordPress theme to start designing a new site with, breadcrumbs are one of the first things I always look for.  With the exception of Brian’s Revolution themes, I’ve found that there really aren’t many (if any) other premium themes that come with breadcrumbs built into them (directly or via a WordPress plugin).  I also have yet to find any free WordPress themes that come with breadcrumbs built into them.

How to Add Breadcrumbs to Your WordPress Blog

Fortunately many WordPress plugin authors have come to our rescue. For those of us that want breadcrumbs in our themes, there are now a number of WordPress plugins out there that you can use to easily accomplish this. Probably the most popular is the Breadcrumb Navigation XT WordPress plugin, but I just noticed today that a new WordPress plugin was released by Joost de Valk called the Yoast Breadcrumbs plugin. Joost has a great reputation as a plugin developer, so I have a feeling this plugin will work great as well.

If you decide to go with the Yoast Breadcrumbs plugin, you just need to upload and activate it, then place the following code where you want the breadcrumbs to display (usually above your post title or the content hook):

<?php if ( function_exists('yoast_breadcrumb') ) { yoast_breadcrumb('<p id="breadcrumbs">','</p>');
} ?>

Then you can use the plugin settings to get the breadcrumbs to behave how you wanted it to.

Call to Theme Designers

Where is the breadcrumbs love?   If you are working on a new free or premium WordPress theme, why not take a few seconds to build breadcrumbs into your theme?

If you’d like to see breadcrumbs built into more WordPress themes by default, leave a comment below so designers know there is a demand for it!

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