How to creating Breadcrumbs without a Plugin

WordPress breadcrumbs are a navigational which displaying all visited pages leading from the home page to the currently viewed page. It will help user easy backwards navigation or choose page.

You can use WordPress breadcrumb plugins or development a PHP function to do this. The following code will have breadcrumbs working on your site.

Simply, You need paste the code below into your theme’s functions.php file:

function the_breadcrumb() {
    global $post;
    echo '<ul id="breadcrumbs">';
    if (!is_home()) {
        echo '<li><a href="';
        echo get_option('home');
        echo '">';
        echo 'Home';
        echo '</a></li><li class="separator"> / </li>';
        if (is_category() || is_single()) {
            echo '<li>';
            the_category(' </li><li class="separator"> / </li><li> ');
            if (is_single()) {
                echo '</li><li class="separator"> / </li><li>';
                echo '</li>';
        } elseif (is_page()) {
                $anc = get_post_ancestors( $post->ID );
                $title = get_the_title();
                foreach ( $anc as $ancestor ) {
                    $output = '<li><a href="'.get_permalink($ancestor).'" title="'.get_the_title($ancestor).'">'.get_the_title($ancestor).'</a></li> <li class="separator">/</li>';
                echo $output;
                echo '<strong title="'.$title.'"> '.$title.'</strong>';
            } else {
                echo '<li><strong> '.get_the_title().'</strong></li>';
    elseif (is_tag()) {single_tag_title();}
    elseif (is_day()) {echo"<li>Archive for "; the_time('F jS, Y'); echo'</li>';}
    elseif (is_month()) {echo"<li>Archive for "; the_time('F, Y'); echo'</li>';}
    elseif (is_year()) {echo"<li>Archive for "; the_time('Y'); echo'</li>';}
    elseif (is_author()) {echo"<li>Author Archive"; echo'</li>';}
    elseif (isset($_GET['paged']) && !empty($_GET['paged'])) {echo "<li>Blog Archives"; echo'</li>';}
    elseif (is_search()) {echo"<li>Search Results"; echo'</li>';}
    echo '</ul>';

Then to call the breadcrumbs onto your page by insert this code to header.php file or page which you want, simply use the following code:

<?php the_breadcrumb(); ?>

And here is CSS for your Wordpres breadcumbs

    margin:10px 0;
#breadcrumbs li{
#breadcrumbs .separator{

Thanks and good luck.

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