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Breadcrumb Navigation

Some time ago I visited some interesting business websites. When I have visited some pages, I felt I was lost in it. I don’t know where I’m right now. Because of that, I’m aware that this website has poor navigation for it’s users.

That’s why I wrote this article to help business website owners in order to facilitate their visitors to access their website. Yes, I will discuss a type of navigation that might be useful for you and it’s name is breadcrumb navigation.

Breadcrumb navigation will increase the usability of each page of your website. This navigation allows your website to have a visually appealing way for users to know where they are and monitor their whereabouts on a website.

Breadcrumb navigation would be very useful especially if your website has various pages that need to be organized and structured in a certain hierarchical order.

Types Of Breadcrumb Navigation

1. Path Based Breadcrumb

This breadcrumb show the users what steps they went through to arrive at their current location. They also can freely return to the previous page and let the users know how exactly they could reach their present location.

2. Location Based Breadcrumb

This breadcrumb allow users to know where their location in your site’s hierarchy. Usually, it’s used when the website has a large number of pages that focused on a specific area within the website hierarchy.

3. Attribute Breadcrumb

Breadcrumb Navigation Example

In simple terms, this breadcrumb give information that helps in categorizing the page you are visiting at that time.

The most appropriate example is the clothing website. When you access the site to find items you want, you will be given a navigation that brings you to another page. This page gives you a variety of options, such as color, style or fabric.

With this example, you can say that the pages which give a choice of colors, styles or fabrics are the attributes of the items you have chosen.

Typical breadcrumbs look like this:

Home page > Section page > Subsection page


Home page : Section page : Subsection page


home page : section page 1 : section page 2

Why Use Breadcrumb Navigation?

As I described above, one of the best reasons why people use breadcrumb is to provide convenience to users in accessing their website.

Breadcrumbs enables users to access your website’s hierarchy with ease without any problem. Not only that, it will eliminate repetitive actions that may occur when users access your website, their location within the site’s hierarchy can be known as well.

When Do We Need Breadcrumb Navigation?

Just now we have discussed the why, now we will go on the when. Remember, you must use breadcrumb navigation when……

  • Your users use external sites to land on a specific page of your website.
  • Your website has a hierarchical structure which presents content in a similar manner that might confuse your users.
  • Your website has some pages that cannot be seen visually from the main page or your site’s hierarchical structure has covered some important pages of your website.
  • You want to provide convenience to the users to track their location in the hierarchy of your site.

It’s not recommend for you to use a breadcrumb navigation if you have a website that has no hierarchical structure and could benefit the most from a simple navigation menu. As much as breadcrumbs can help, they can also cause damage to the usability of your website if used incorrectly.

Well, that’s it some things about breadcrumb navigation that might be useful for your website. By using the right navigation, your users will feel comfortable in navigating your website. Of course it would be a benefit for you surely.

Here More Examples About Breadcrumb Navigation

>> DeliciousBreadcrumbs Example (Delicious)

>> Nestle

Breadcrumbs Example (Nestle)

Do you know more about breadcrumb navigation?
If so, let us engage in these discussions by leaving a comment below. 🙂


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12 Responses to “How Breadcrumb Navigation Enhance Your Website”

  • Aditya Antil says:

    Nanda its very useful to have a proper navigation as users coming to your website can find the stuff they are looking for more easily. It can also become a reason for increased bounce rate if the new users find it difficult to navigate between the pages. And most of the times they don’t even come back. So its most important to sort out this issue. Glad someone bought light to this issue.
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  • Robin Morgan says:

    Well I know how to implement breadcrumbs on blogs but never used it on my blogs. I guess after reading your blog I got to try it once.
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  • Satyakam says:

    Adding breadcrumbs will add more value to the blog and it will also get some exposure and add value to our authorship.
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  • Hi Nanda!

    I like this concept of Breadcrumb Navigation. The examples you have given made it so clear. We need to have our visitors come and have an easy navigation and this is the perfect way to do it.

    It is great if our blogs have a hierarchical structure. It makes it so easy to navigate. Sometimes when I visit blogs that do not have this type of navigation, I just want to run away.

    There is nothing worse than going to a blog with a “home page” on it and then we have to seek out where the blog is, where the about me is and so on.

    Even if we don’t need to use a hierarchical structure, Breadcrumbs will work well.

    Thanks for this…Now I am going to gather my crumbs and make some bread!

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    • Hi Donna,

      Thanks for your nice comment in this morning 🙂
      Glad to know that.

      Yes, I also will do the same thing. Sites that don’t have a good navigation will be left by visitors who don’t want to waste a lot of time on these sites.

      Yes, breadcrumbs will work well if we can use it well and properly. No doubt about it. 🙂

      You are welcome and good luck with your make bread project, Donna 😉

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  • Paul Savola says:

    Thank you for the tips bro, I actually never used this structure for my blog/website. This gave great insight on the topic of the blog, and thank you for another good post bro.

    Have a question for everyone with blogging in general in writing. How long you a blog post be! I have heard 300-500 , 800-1000, 1000-3000. All three of these are coming from blogging professionals inside of the blogging community.

    So, this throws me for a little loop, but I usually post 800-1500 words within my post intro, body, sales pitch or connecting with me. Just a general question.
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    • Hi Paul,

      Nice to see you here and thanks for your nice words 🙂

      Well, I also don’t use this navigational structure on my blog. I prefer to tell the readers that these navigation techniques do exist. 😉

      When talking about how long a blog post, in fact, the question is not how long, but how useful blog post that you offer to the readers.

      Because I often see that a short post gets a good ranking in the search engines and favored by many people.

      If the message you want to convey to the reader with 800 words is enough, then that’s a long blog post should be. However, if that’s not enough, then you can lengthen the article. 😉

      Adjust the length of you article to you needs, because now, Google just saw a blog post that has added value to its users or not.

      That’s my opinion, I hope my explanation of this could be useful for you.
      Thanks for your question, Paul. It was a valuable comment one, indeed. 😀

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  • Areesha Noor says:

    Hello Nanda,
    I am using Ribbon WordPress theme and it already has this Breadcrumb but it’s shows only on website. It does not show in search engine. How can I add this to show in Search engine?
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    • Hi Areesha,

      I’ve seen your site. Your site looks nice and professional. I love it. 😉

      However, in my opinion, you don’t have to use breadcrumbs for a site with such structures. Breadcrumbs used for sites that have complex structures, such as Amazon, or Delicious. 🙂

      That’s another story if you intend to make your blog have a hierarchical structure in the future. Your breadcrumbs doesn’t appear in the search engines, it’s probably because you have simple URL structures.

      Thanks for your question, Areesha.
      I hope my answer will help you. Good luck for you. 😀

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