Why you should stop making Breadcrumbs

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Kees Nederkoorn

Breadcrumb navigation, known to some as cookie crumb navigation or navigational path to others, where a path like structure is displayed, most commonly at the top of the current page, that typically shows you the path of pages that you as the user took to get to the page where you are now is a well known staple of many websites. And, when implemented properly, is a very helpful feature on many websites. But for every good implementation there is a bad one, and all the bad ones are there usually due to an age old mistake: trying to fix a problem by addressing the symptoms instead of solving the actual underlying problem. A problem that should not have been here in the first place. A problem that even the good implementations usually fail to address which in turn has created a much larger problem.

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