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Instant Breadcrumbs

Instant Breadcrumbs adds a breadcrumb trail to your WordPress blog's primary navigation menu. No theme editing required!

Instant Breadcrumbs adds a breadcrumb trail to your WordPress blog's primary navigation menu. No theme editing required! Including a breadcrumb trail on your site not only makes it easier for visitors to navigate your site, but also allows search engines to better explore your blog and include the breadcrumb information in rich snippet data in search results. Many breadcrumb plugins exist, but normally require either theme editing, or use of a theme that is already customized to include the breadcrumb function. In addition, editing the theme is usually followed by some CSS styling to make the breadcrumb trail match the overall 'look' of the site.

Instant Breadcrumbs takes a different approach. Since breadcrumbs are a navigation aid, the generated trail is automatically added to the front of your existing primary navigation menu. This allows it to not only function straight out of the box with a large number of themes, but also use the existing styling of your primary navigation menu.

A quick overview of Instant Breadcrumbs features:

  • Works with both custom primary menus and the default 'page' menu generated by WordPress;
  • Produces RDFa-compliant breadcrumb trails that may be used by Google and others in search results;
  • Supports customization of the breadcrumb titles for pages such as the front page, archives, and search;
  • Re-uses existing top-level entries in the primary menu to avoid repeated links;
  • Includes CSS classes for added breadcrumbs for optional further styling if desired;
  • Use the built-in breadcrumb generator, or third-party generators such as Yoast (WordPress SEO) and Breadcrumb NavXT, adding those to the nav menu without theme editing. Tested against Breadcrumb NavXT 5.0.1 and WordPress SEO 1.5.2.8;
  • Supports HTML markup in post titles, with the option to disable it;
  • "Manual" mode allows insertion into templates for themes that do not use the WordPress primary navigation menu;
  • A widget is available if you would prefer to show the breadcrumb trail in a sidebar.

Visit the Plugin Blog Page if you have a comment or suggestion for the next update of the plugin! Ideas for the next version always welcomed; support for other languages or breadcrumb generators would be appreciated. If Instant Breadcrumbs is useful to you, please consider making a small contribution via Flattr to help support the continued development and improvement of this plugin, or leave a review at the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Banner image is Trail of (gluten-free) bread crumbs by Kat Selvocki and used here under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Requires: 3.0.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.9.1
Last Updated: 2014-5-2
Downloads: 12,776

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