Eric Nagel

Eric Nagel

CTO, PHP Programmer, Affiliate Marketer & IT Consultant

Adding Microformatted Breadcrumbs to Thesis

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I received an email the other day asking how I added my breadcrumbs to my Thesis site.

On the site, they look like this:

Microformat Breadcrumbs
Microformat Breadcrumbs

But in the search results, they appear like this:

Thesis RDF Breadcrumbs
Breadcrumbs in Search Results

In the search results, the title is linked to the blog post, while the category is linked to the category page.

Here’s how I do it in Thesis

In custom_functions.php, I add the following function:

function breadcrumbs() {
	global $post;

	if (is_single()) {
		$aCategories = get_the_category($post->ID);
		<div itemscope itemtype="" id="breadcrumbs">
			You are here: <a href="" itemprop="url"><span itemprop="title">Eric Nagel</span></a> &gt;
			<span itemprop="child" itemscope itemtype="">
				<a href="/category/<?= $aCategories[0]->slug ?>" itemprop="url"><span itemprop="title"><?= $aCategories[0]->name ?></span></a> &gt;
				<span itemprop="child" itemscope itemtype="">
					<a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" itemprop="url"><span itemprop="title"><?php the_title() ?></span></a>

	} // ends if (is_single())
} // ends function breadcrumbs()

And then I add the hook to call the function:

add_action('thesis_hook_before_post', 'breadcrumbs');

Of course, you’ll want to take out the references to “Eric Nagel” and Also, my category slug is “category” but you may have changed yours. If so, make that change (line 10)

Read more about breadcrumbs, or test your code using Google’s Rich Snippets Testing Tool

  • James Seligman
    Posted December 28, 2011 6:21 pm 0Likes

    Great Stuff! One question, Will this affect SEO after adding it to a site that’s already a few years old?

    • Eric Nagel
      Posted December 29, 2011 1:22 pm 0Likes

      It shouldn’t negatively affect it. I can only see it helping, not hurting.

  • James Seligman
    Posted December 29, 2011 7:57 pm 0Likes

    Okay, I’ll give it a try.

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