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Monday, July 26, 2004

Introducing the BreadCrumbs Plugin

Filed under: — Carthik @ 9:35 pm

There is a neat BreadCrumbs Plugin available for WordPress, and it’s been recently updated. It is a plugin that can make your site more “usable” or user-friendly.

But, first, what are breadcrumbs doing on websites, and why are they called just that?

The search for a comprehensive answer took me to the usability glossary, which says the following about breadcrumbs :

on websites, a form of navigation where the current location within the website is indicated by a list of pages above this page in the hierarchy, up to the main page. For example, if you were browsing the products at a department store, you might see the following hierarchy when you’re on the Sneakers page:

Home > Products > Clothes > Shoes > Sneakers

Each of the categories above the current page is usually a link to the corresponding category page.

The term “breadcrumbs” is a reference to the Hansel and Gretel tale where they leave breadcrumbs as they wander the forest so they can find their way home. The metaphor is imperfect because the breadcrumbs do not represent the actual path the user took, but instead the optimal path from the home page to the current page in the hierarchy.

So, the idea is, you give the user a way of knowing where she is, in the virtual hierachy of the blog.

This plugin handles posts assigned to multiple categories very gracefully. The plugin’s output can be customized too.

4 Comments

  1. Hello, love this site, looks great. However, the right hand section doesn’t show up correctly in IE. Just thought I’d let you know.

    Cheers!

    Comment by Thunderbyrd — 7/27/2004 @ 8:11 am

  2. Thanks for the pointer, I will try to fix it after a final I have today.

    Comment by Carthik — 7/27/2004 @ 8:25 am

  3. You could always move to a real browser, like Firefox.

    Comment by Jason Stare — 7/27/2004 @ 1:15 pm

  4. Fixed now, after an hour’s worth of work. All I was doing was wondering WHY IE displays and extra ten or so pixels here and there!
    The topoview bookmarklet saved the day, again!

    Comment by Carthik — 7/27/2004 @ 9:47 pm

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