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How to Enable Breadcrumbs in Layout & Design Tool

RebelMouse supports breadcrumbs for all pages. Breadcrumbs are navigational aids that help users keep track of where they are on your site, as well as make it easy to go back and forth between pages. In this latest update, we take the path of the URL and output it as the breadcrumb so users can easily click back to the subsection, section, or home page:


Users can add the Breadcrumb element to any page. Here's how it works:

  • There are two optional fields that allow you to control how your breadcrumb is displayed:
    • Anchor: Allows you to choose the name for the home page item within the trail.
    • Separator: Allows you to choose the symbol that will serve as the separator between items.

An interesting thing to keep in mind is that your site's breadcrumb trail order is fully customizable, so you can pick and choose how it's structured:

In Entry Editor, you can also control if you want the Post Title to be exposed in your breadcrumb trail, or if you'd rather have a customized title show up for it instead.

For example, in this NYLON article the breadcrumb structure could be set to output the following: Home > Section > Post Title. If this were to be configured, it would resolve as "Home > Fashion > Pistachio Is The It Color Of 2019" by default.

And if you were to customize the Post Title, it wouldn't affect the actual title of the post — just the final item in the breadcrumb trail. So if we changed the Breadcrumb Title to "2019 The Year Of Pistachio," it would appear like this in the trail: "Home > Fashion > 2019 The Year Of Pistachio."

The following is an example from one of our test sites. This is what it looks like in Entry Editor:

And here's how it looks live on the site:

Breadcrumb Trail Items

There are several breadcrumb items you can include or exclude:

  • Home Page Title
  • Section
  • Subsection
  • Tag
  • Community (if applicable)
  • Author (of the post)
  • Search Phrase
  • Search Phrase Title
  • Post Title
Although our breadcrumbs are highly customizable, there are some best practices that should be taken into consideration when using them on your site. We've taken some of the guesswork out of the equation by incorporating these best practices into our breadcrumbs' default behavior and overall structure.

Post Page

The first breadcrumb is the site's title, which is fully customizable. This is followed by a primary section breadcrumb, and then a subsection breadcrumb (this may not be applicable to you if your site does not use subsections). All of these breadcrumbs are fully clickable and link back to the preceding page. The final breadcrumb is the post title, or article headline, which is not clickable.

    Site Title > Section > Subsection > Post Title

Section Page

The first breadcrumb should be the site's title, which is fully customizable, followed by the section, which is not clickable.

    Site Title > Section

Subsection Page

The first breadcrumb should be the site's title, which is fully customizable. This is followed by the parent section, which is clickable, and then the subsection, which is not clickable.

    Site Title > Parent Section > Subsection

Tag Page

The first breadcrumb should be the site's title, which is fully customizable, followed by the section, which is not clickable.

    Site Title > Tag

Search Page

The first breadcrumb should be the site's title, which is fully customizable, followed by the search, which is not clickable, and then finally, the search phrase itself.

    Site Title > Search > Search Phrase

Author Page

The first breadcrumb should be the site's title, which is fully customizable, followed by community (if one exists), and then the author.

    Site Title > Community (if it exists) > Author

If you have any questions about this feature, please email support@rebelmouse.com.

How to Include Interactive Elements in Posts

Enhance your articles with rich and creative media

Every article is a fresh chance to grab new readers and nurture loyal followers. This is why we give creators every opportunity to build content rich with media elements that enhance every reader's experience.

Add More Layers to Your Content

You can easily add interactive elements, like charts, to posts on our platform. For example, if you need to embed iframe code into a post, this can be done via our Add Media Bar. To do so, click the code icon (< >):

A text box will appear so you can insert your code:

Embedded Code Across Platforms

One important thing to keep in mind is that Google AMP, AppleNews, and Facebook Instant Articles will not always support embedded code. So if you use an iframe, it's best to turn off distribution to those channels for that particular post. If you have a lot of posts that require embedded code, this could be problematic for growth across those important platforms.

If you do want to use an iframe on a post destined for Google AMP distribution, it can be possible if the iframe is not at the top of the page or within the first 75% of the viewport when the page is scrolled to the top (whichever is smaller). AMP is a fast technology designed for mobile users and iframes are loaded using arbitrary timing that AMP's technology cannot ensure. For this reason, it's suggested that iframes be included in places that are not visible by users upon load.

If you have an article that needs to include an iframe at the top of the page, or within the first 75% of the viewport, AMP can be turned off for that individual article within Entry Editor.

If you don't need an interactive chart to be interactive in nature, can turn it into an image and upload it directly to your post. This way it will work on all platforms, including Google AMP, Apple News, and Facebook Instant Articles. This option, when possible, is ideal to ensure you're optimized for page speed.

Take Advantage of Shortcodes

Another great way to embed media is through our shortcodes functionality. Click here to learn more about shortcodes. Shortcodes can also inserted using the Add Media Bar. Click the brackets icon ([ ]) to choose the shortcode you want to use.

Here's an example of a chart on an article page that's been inserted using a shortcode:

If you have any questions about how to add interactive elements to your content, please email support@rebelmouse.com or talk to your account manager today.

Shortcodes Dashboard: Dynamic Media in Just a Few Clicks

Create multidimensional content with easy-to-find shortcodes

We believe static media is dead, and that every piece of content should be multidimensional and engaging. This is why our platform enables creators so they can add dynamic media to their content in easy and efficient ways.

One simple way to add interactive content to any post is through the use of shortcodes. Shortcodes are small snippets of code that are easier to remember than longer sequences. They typically will activate a feature or embed media into an article.

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