How to turn off breadcrumbs in WordPress

This brief tutorial explains how to turn off breadcrumbs in WordPress based on different theme scenarios.

Breadcrumbs are visible links showing the hierarchical structure of your site based on the current content the visitor is reading.

After reading this tutorial, you will know how to disable breadcrumbs on your website. All steps in this article include screenshots, making it easy for all WordPress users to follow them.

It is important to clarify enabling or disabling breadcrumbs vary from one theme to another. Therefore this tutorial shows different examples.

Turning off breadcrumbs in WordPress:

Normally breadcrumbs are managed from the customization screen. Some themes include a custom menu from which you need to disable breadcrumbs. But in most cases, the option is present in the customization menu.

To begin, login to your WordPress dashboard and on the left menu, place your mouse pointer over Appearance and press the Customize option as shown in the screenshot below (Appearance>Customize).

In the customization screen, you may see Theme Options as shown in the following image. In other themes, breadcrumb options are located under the Header button.

Press the Breadcrumb button to show options.

Press the toggle button to disable breadcrumbs, then press the Publish button to apply changes.

Now breadcrumbs won’t show up.

Turning off Yoast breadcrumbs in WordPress:

The Yoast plugin for SEO includes its breadcrumbs. This section shows how to disable it.

In the dashboard left menu, move your mouse cursor over Appearance and press the Customize option (Appearance>Customize).

In the customization screen menu, find the Yoast SEO Breadcrumbs and press it.

Unmark the Show blog page in breadcrumbs option. Then press the Publish button to apply changes.

That’s how to disable Yoast breadcrumbs in your blog.

Considerations when adding or removing breadcrumbs:

If well done, navigation breadcrumbs can improve users’ experience within your website. If following WCAG guidelines on breadcrumbs, you can even make your site accessible to users with some disabilities.

Yet, depending on the structure, some websites or pages/posts don’t require it. In such cases, breadcrumbs may be counterproductive as unnecessary content, including for disabled visitors. Some users only use breadcrumbs to locate keywords; if that’s the only purpose, that’s either a good practice.


As you can see, removing breadcrumbs in WordPress is an easy task. All WordPress users can enable or disable breadcrumbs independently of their experience dealing with WordPress by following the few steps shown above in this tutorial. The market also offers free plugins with additional features and customization of breadcrumbs which were not included in this tutorial optimized for users looking to disable them. Remember the procedure explained in this tutorial may vary depending on the specific theme. Some themes don’t include breadcrumbs at all. In such a case, if you want breadcrumbs in a theme without the breadcrumbs option, you can use a plugin.

Thank you for reading this article explaining how to remove breadcrumbs in WordPress. I hope it was useful. Keep following LinuxHint for more professional WordPress tips.

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David Adams

David Adams is a System Admin and writer that is focused on open source technologies, security software, and computer systems.