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What Is Breadcrumb Navigation?

  • Source: http://en.trueland.net/  Author: Helen  Published on :2012-12-10 8:21:03   Views:

Do you know what is breadcrumb or breadcrumb navigation? Frankly speaking, it is widely used in user interfaces. Frankly, this term comes from the popular fairytale - the trail of breadcrumbs left by Hansel and Gretel. It is the navigation which can help users follow their locations within programs. It is of great importance for search engine optimization (SEO). It usually appears below title bars or headers. The common breadcrumbs look like this: Home page > Section page > Subsection page or Home page : Section page : Subsection page.

Generally, 45% of pages included breadcrumb navigation. And the breadcrumb navigation provides a trail for users to keep track to the starting or entry point. The breadcrumb navigation provides links back to the previous page that the user navigated through to get to the current page or in hierarchial site structures of the current page. There are different kinds of breadcrumbs, like path, location and attribute.

The path breadcrumb is dynamic and show the path that the user has taken to arrive at a page. While location breadcrumb is static to show where the user's expected pages are located in the website hierarchy. Frankly speaking, location breadcrumb is not proper for the website which has rich content since the single category can't describe your particular piece of content. For the website with rich content, you are advised to use a tag which will be more properly. However, the attribute breadcrumb gives information that categorizes the current page actually.

Frankly speaking, breadcrumb navigation was expected to be a global characteristic. Well, you will find it more and more difficult to navigate your website as your websites grow. And you will need to create the breadcrumb navigations to make your website more usable. It can allow users to locate things on your website. It will make it much easier for users to find whatever they want in your website actually.

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