Several changes were introduced in the SharePoint 2013 UI, one of which that caught the attention of a lot of folks was the removal of the breadcrumb. Through the years the SharePoint breadcrumb had met some interesting treatments, but in 2013 it had simply just disappeared.
Truth be told, the breadcrumb is still there, just hidden away in the master page. With a quick master page edit you can get breadcrumb back into SharePoint – but that is when the real fun begins as the SharePoint breadcrumb comes in many flavors. Continue reading SharePoint 2013 and the Disappearing Breadcrumb
User Interface Engineering has posted an article about breadcrumbs, and why they feel that breadcrumbs are a design cop-out. It is a good read, especially for people using SharePoint for external facing sites.
» Design Cop-out #2: Breadcrumbs
Personally, I only utilize page breadcrumbs when working with administering lists and settings. The breadcrumb provides a quick way back to list screens and other setting screens where otherwise no navigation is provided. For that purpose I think they can be useful. The article brings up some valid points on whether or not to use breadcrumbs at all.
I don’t think I am alone when I say “I hate the page level breadcrumb in SharePoint”. While dead useful for users, it becomes a bit nightmarish for devigners. For this post I am going to ignore the Global Breadcrumb that appears in the upper left of a SharePoint site by default, because honestly most people hide it and it doesn’t cause near the heartburn as the page level breadcrumb. Continue reading SharePoint Breadcrumbs – Sample of differences, chart of uses and resources