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Do you recommend Breadcrumb navigation

   
3:33 pm on Jan 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I am using CMS for my sites and as default the breadcrumb appears on the top of each page. Do you recommend leaving it there or should I disable it. The terms are not linked to any page!

i.e. Example.com >> Photos >> City >> Album

I was thinking of either removing it cause it doesnt look nice especially when it expands to two lines OR having the terms link to a node.

what do you suggest?

4:39 pm on Jan 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Do you recommend Breadcrumb navigation

Yes, because Google is now sometimes showing breadcrumbs, or a slightly modified set in the serps.

The terms are not linked to any page!

Get busy and link them up! It makes for a better user experience, ease of navigation.

8:02 pm on Jan 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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thanks Ken.
3:52 am on Feb 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I tend to leave them in but code the font size to be relatively smaller than the default font size of the content.
6:05 pm on Feb 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yes use it for easy navigation with small font site
6:38 pm on Feb 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Not only are they good for site navigation they also help users find what they are looking for if they arrive from a search engine to a page that doesn't quite give them the information they need. The breadcrumbs allow the user to go down one level and see if they can find a link to a page that contains more of the information they are looking for.

Mack.
8:05 pm on Feb 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Breadcrumbs are good.

They give users a sense of 'place' within a site.
2:28 pm on Feb 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Agree with all. Breadcrumbs = good.
7:57 pm on Feb 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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ken_b is right - Google took to presenting breadcrumb navigation links in their search result listings late last year:

[googleblog.blogspot.com...]

While they don't take up more room than a link normally takes below SERP listings, there's some logic to the concept that having more links appearing on a Google SERP increases your odds of having a click through to your site.

mack and others above are right - breadcrumbs are good for a site's usability, which is why Google considered them important enough to be worth developing the listing enhancement.

But, dailypress, I think you need to adjust your CMS templates so that the breadcrumb links become linked. Without linking, it's just an orientation guide, and doesn't assist users as much. (And, probably wouldn't achieve Google's special listing treatment, either.)
5:09 am on Feb 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lammert is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month



I don't use breadcrumbs on my sites because I think they don't fit the associative thinking process of visitors.

Breadcrumbs limit you to a hierarchical site structure with Homepage->Mainmenu->Submenu->Topic, which always takes two hops to jump from one topic to another. Instead I prefer topic based associative linking where every topic page has direct links to related topic pages on the same site. This not only increases usability for the user, but it also adds better link juice distribution throughout the site because link juice between related topic pages (the real spider food) is not distributed via menu pages, but directly from topic to topic. It is the same way that Wikipedia distributes link juice across its pages and looking at the number of Wikipedia pages at top positions in the SERPs the approach seems to work quite well.

The downside of associative linking vs. breadcrumbs is that it requires more manual work to setup.