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How to Add Breadcrumbs On WordPress Website

Breadcrumb Example Apple

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”.

That written text I have outlined in Black Color is an example of a breadcrumb.

That written text I have outlined in Black Color is an example of a breadcrumb.

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 —->

Internal Links

Internal Links

 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.

What the File

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..!!


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    • Mosam Gor

      Hello Nwosu,

      Yes, genesis have Inbuilt Breadcrumbs so no need to use any third party plugins for breadcrumbs. and No, there is no downside for using Breadcrumbs.So Don’t Worry.. :)BTW.! Thanks for Commenting By

      Stay Tuned 🙂


    • Mosam Gor

      Hello marilyn,

      thanks for the feedback. i think there is No option for Installing Breadcrumbs using All in One SEO Pack.! BTW.!

      Thanks For the Commenting By and Sharing your Views 😉


  1. Suresh Khanal

    Hi Mosam,

    I like the reference to the story – you made it interesting.

    Your tutorial is based on WPSEO by Yoast but I’m using Thesis 2.x and can’t use the plugin. So it won’t apply to the themes that has their own in-built SEO. I’ll have to look for other methods to install breadcums.

    • Mosam Gor

      Hello Suresh Bro.!

      Thanks For the Feedback. yahh there is Problem with WordPRess SEO By Yoast when we are using Thesis 2.0 framework. But don’t Worry My Next Article on installing Breadcrumbs on thesis Framework. BTW! thanks for Stopping by..

      Keep Visiting and Sharing 😉


  2. Sriram

    I’m using Genesis framework and It is easy to enable Breadcrumbs just by few clicks. Breadcrumbs gives ideas to readers where they are. This will be useful to me when I switch to some other themes.

  3. Hiten

    Hi Mosam,

    This was an excellent article on breadcrumbs. Indeed, I think breadcrumbs are very important because as you said, they aid navigation for the user. I use a WordPress theme called Persuasion by Mysitemyway and luckily breadcrumbs comes as a part of the theme.

    Thank you.

    • Mosam Gor

      Hello Ryan Biddulph,

      Thanks For Stopping By and Sharing your Thoughts.! yes you are Absolutely Right Bradcrumbs Provide the Easy navigation for our readers and users 🙂 So, Keep Visiting and Sharing 😉 😛


  4. Mubashir

    Hi Mosam,

    Nice tutorial for breadcrumbs installation. I am using genesis which have built-in option of breadcrumbs. It will helpful of bloggers those want to add manually on their blogs.


  5. Joseph Adediji

    Nice Post Mosam,
    I use RDFA Breadcrum plugin for inserting breadcrumbs on my blog and it works well.
    Thanks for the share.

  6. Neamat Tawadrous

    Hi Mosam,

    Thanks for sharing this great tutorial about Breadcrumbs.

    I have a Thesis Theme and I don’t know how good it is with my theme.

    Thanks Mosam for sharing! Have a great week ahead.

    Be Blessed,


  7. Enstine Muki

    Hi Mosam,

    Thanks for the useful tips here.
    My template has this inbuilt. Just with a simple check button, I can enable/disable it.

    I think I’ll enable mine to see the experience

    Thanks for sharing 😉

  8. Oscar

    This is a cool tip. Breadcrumb really organizes hierarchy in a blogs look. Though for we who use Genesis framework, we don’t need to do it manually. Thanks for the article anyway.

  9. Michael Aulia

    I was thinking to create some breadcrumbs on my tech blog but I hesitated 🙂 I think if there are not many sub-menus/navigations to go to, a breadcrumb is not necessary. But I guess each blog is different

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