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Add Breadcrumb to WordPress

Breadcrumb is basically a navigation support used in software, websites or applications. It is an orderly set of links that denote a hierarchical path or trail within a website or software. It is used to indicate to the user of his/her present location within the website or software with respect to the homepage or landing page. It is at times also referred to as “Breadcrumb Trail”.

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Add Breadcrumb to your WordPress template

It’s pretty simple to add a breadcrumb to your WordPress template. Follow the following steps.

Step 1
Add the following function into the functions.php file found within your WordPress template directory – like wp-content/themes/<yourthemename>/functions.php.

// BREADCRUMB
function showbreadcrumb()
{
	if (!is_home())
	{
		echo '<a href="' . get_option('home') . '">' . 'Home' . '</a> » ';

		if(is_category() || is_single())
		{
			the_category(', ');
			if(is_single())
			{
				echo " » ";
				the_title();
			}
		}
		elseif (is_page())
			{ echo the_title(); }
		elseif (is_tag())
			{ single_tag_title(); }
		elseif (is_day())
			{ echo"Archive for "; the_time('j F, Y'); }
		elseif (is_month())
			{ echo"Archive for "; the_time('F Y'); }
		elseif (is_year())
			{ echo"Archive for "; the_time('Y'); }
		elseif (is_author())
			{ echo"Author Archive"; }
		elseif (isset($_GET['paged']) && !empty($_GET['paged']))
			{ echo "Blog Archives"; }
		elseif (is_search())
			{ echo"Search Results"; }
	}
}

Step 2
Add the following line of code in any of the template file where you did like to show the breadcrumb. It’s recommended to place breadcrumb within the header.php file.

<?php
     // Show Breadcrumb
     showbreadcrumb();
?>

Now, refresh your WordPress website and you will have the breadcrumb displayed depending on the type of page being viewed – i.e. Page, Category, Archive, Search, Single Post, etc.

Did you face any problem during implementation?

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