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Easy Wordpress Breadcrumb Trail

A simple copy and paste code to add breadcrumb trails to your WordPress pages

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This is a great function which you can use to output a breadcrumb trail navigation links on your blog.

I did not write this function, but its one of the ones in my global functions.php which is used on most of my sites. I cannot remember where I got it from or who wrote it.

function breadcrumbTrail($crumbs = true, $title = 'Browse', $separator = '/') 
  global $post;
  <div class="breadcrumbs">
  if($title !== 'Browse') 
    echo $title;
?>: <a href="<?php bloginfo('url'); ?>" title="<?php bloginfo('name'); ?>"><?php _e('Home','options'); ?></a> <?php echo $separator; ?>
  if(is_single()) :
    the_category(', '); echo ' ' . $separator . ' ';
  elseif(is_page()) :
    $parent_id = $post->post_parent;
    $parents = array();
    while($parent_id) :
      $page = get_page($parent_id);
        $parents[] = get_the_title($page->ID);
        $parents[]  = '<a href="'.get_permalink($page->ID).'" title="'.get_the_title($page->ID).'">'.get_the_title($page->ID).'</a> ' . $separator . ' ';
      $parent_id  = $page->post_parent;
    $parents = array_reverse($parents);
    foreach($parents as $val) :
      echo $val;

To use this function simply make a call to breadcrumbTrail() in the template where you wish to show the breadcrumbs.

Last updated on: Wednesday 21st June 2017




Great Work! I've just looking for this code. Only pages breadcrumb trails functionality. BreadcrumbXT doesn't help me in my case.

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zachary smith

zachary smith

YES! This works perfectly! I just just yelled 'YES' a few times and did a celebratory walk around my apartment.

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