Once upon a time there were two kids named Hansel and Gretel. They both were the only children of their parents. But their wicked step mother decides to send them to woods because they used to eat too much. These children being smart had collected white pebbles and places them on their way, so that they could reach back to their home safely and they successfully does. Seeing this, their shocking and wicked mother again sends them to the woods but this time they are out with pebbles and so they find a bread and put small pieces of them on the way but meanwhile the birds eats away them and they are lost. Well…well…well…..you all might be wondering and might have checked out uptil now that which site have we opened? There is no relevance to the topic mentioned here and ultimately you might be little irritated too. But hey don’t worry, you are absolutely on the correct way 😛 . (Unlike Hansel and Gretel). I guess this story was the greatest inspiration to Apple.Inc. Yes, we are talking about nothing else but the breadcrumbs on an apple’s site.
So, What are Breadcrumbs?
Breadcrumbs are also known as “breadcrumb trail”. It is a navigation trail that allows visitors to understand their current location into a website. Here is an example of one of the well-known and my favorite 😛 “Web-Site Apple which uses awesome breadcrumb trail”.
There are bunch of advantages of using breadcrumbs on your site:
- Usability: It gives customers a user-friendly feel and also indicates surfing around through your site
- Easy to backtrack: If your website is created out of many levels then it can render the exact navigations in a far more easy way.
- SEO: The look for google bot engines will understand your breadcrumbs and add them to the google search page.
Installing Breadcrumbs :-
If you are using the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin then this plugin have inbuilt Breadcrumbs option to activate the Breadcrumbs Tail
follow the below mentioned simple steps to install Breadcrumb :-
Step 1 : Enable the Breadcrumbs
You can allow breadcrumbs by directing to SEO >> Internal Links via the sidebar of your WordPress dashboard. You will see a Screenshot like this —->
Step 2 : Finding the Perfect PHP File
Activate breadcrumbs you need to add a little bit PHP code into the right PHP file in your theme.
First decide which pages you want breadcrumbs to Show on — for most of you page Name is Single.php File. If you don’t know your PHP file name, don’t worry calm down 😛 Download the awesome What the File plugin. This plugin navigates to any blog post page on your site and you will see “What the File” has appeared in your WordPress Howdy toolbar.
Step 3 : Installing the Code
Now this time you copy that code and you need to paste into your located PHP file.
Hmm.! This above Breadcrumb Tutorial shows how to install Breadcrumbs using WordPress SEO By Yoast Plugin. If you don’t have this plugin but never worry :P, here is the another WordPress plugin called Breadcrumb NavXT to enable the Breadcrumb below the post. So let’s see the installation of Breadcrumb using this Plugin.
Installing Breadcrumb using Breadcrumb NavXT Plugin
Download the plugin and just activate the Breadcrumb NavXT plugin and simply copy that code and paste into your located PHP file.
So, this is all the tutorial all about. I wish and hope that you’ll find this tutorial helpful and you will surely try it on your own. In case you are amidst any confusion or a problem than get to me and I assure you to put my best to get you out of the same.
Our next article will be based on “How to design breadcrumbs using CSS”. So stay eager, stay hungry and stay foolish..!!