When you have a reasonable sized site navigation, even with menus, can become confusing for your clients. While a nice menu system goes some way to avoiding the ‘Lost in Space’ syndrome it doesn’t help with the ‘Where am I now’ problem. Here on JLogica as an example most plugins will have a changelog page, you land there, do something else and come back and wonder which plugin the changelog relates. Well the breadcrumb plugin comes to the rescue is shows you definitely where you are, try the Note Changelog (click link) you will see “JLogica > aMember Plugins > Note > Changelog” you immediately know where you are, you are also able to click the hierarchy and visit any of the pages that lead to the changelog itself.
Now you could see this in your browser’s address bar as we also use SEO friendly URL’s but that can be a bit hard at times. Apart from usability there is also the rendering of the breadcrumb in search results, more later. Now the plugin we use is not ours if you are already sold on using it click here to buy it at the nice price of US$15 it is a steal!
If you want more information below is a summary of the operation … use the link above for full information and the author’s demonstration site.
Google Rich Snippets support for Breadcrumbs
Plugin can format embedded breadcrumbs to use Google supported Rich Snippets format, allowing search engines to detect breadcrumbs and use them in search results. Notice on the image above detected breadcrumbs in green from Google search results.
- Breadcrumbs are fully responsive with mobile/touch devices support.
- Change the way breadcrumbs look with colors and effects style settings.
- Control crumbs divider element and collapsed breadcrumbs state.
- Control over animation for both breadcrumbs states.
- Generates unique CSS classes for every breadcrumb element.
- Filter for developers to expand and replace generated breadcrumbs.
- Support for WPML plugin and translations based on updated text.
- Options to reset plugin settings for both settings and styling.
- Supported Plugins
- bbPress. Tested with bbPress 2.4 and 2.5.
- BuddyPress. Tested with BuddyPress 2.0 and 2.1.
- WooCommerce. Tested with WooCommerce 2.1 and 2.2.