Five CSS3 Breadcrumb Designs

breadcrumb designs showcaseBreadcrumbs are an alternative navigation. Not only do they act as a visual aid to inform the reader about their position in the blog's hierarchy but also give a more structured feel. The previous post was about how to integrate Breadcrumbs into Blogger and this one is a showcase of 5 designs which you can use in place of the default design provided before. All of these designs use CSS3 extensively with no use of images anywhere. Each of them is beautifully styled and should integrate well with your blog's current design.

Before You get Started
Make sure that you already have Breadcrumbs in your blog. In case you haven't put them , follow this tutorial first before proceeding further. Also if you putting them now , then don't include any CSS mentioned in the steps .

Make sure remove all the CSS related to the Breadcrumbs from your blog

We will be using a common HTML structure for all these design , it is something like

 <div class='breadcrumbs' >
<a class='first' href='#' ><span>Home</span></a>
<a href='#' ><span>CSS3</span></a>
<a href='#' ><span>Widgets</span></a>

Now lets get started , just add the CSS in your template manually or add it directly using the One-Click button

Design I

breadcrumb designed in css3

This is the image-less version of the default style.
The credit goes to Jake Rocheleau

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.breadcrumbs a:last-child{border-right-width:1px!important;border-bottom-right-radius:5px;-moz-border-radius-bottomright:5px;-webkit-border-bottom-right-radius:5px}
.breadcrumbs a{color:#666;display:block;float:left;font-size:12px;position:relative;text-decoration:none;border:1px solid #D9D9D9;border-right-width:0;background-image:0;filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(startColorstr=#f1f1f1,endColorstr=#f5f5f5);-ms-filter:"progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(startColorstr=#f1f1f1, endColorstr=#f5f5f5)";background-repeat:no-repeat;background-position:100% 0;z-index:1;padding:7px 16px 7px 19px}
.breadcrumbs a:hover{border-top-color:#c4c4c4;border-bottom-color:#c4c4c4;background-image:0 45% #f8f8f8 73%;filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(startColorstr=#f8f8f8,endColorstr=#f1f1f1);-ms-filter:"progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(startColorstr=#f8f8f8, endColorstr=#f1f1f1)";color:#333;-moz-box-shadow:0 2px 2px #e8e8e8;-webkit-box-shadow:0 2px 2px #e8e8e8;box-shadow:0 2px 2px #e8e8e8}

Design II

breadcrumb in css3

The inspiration for this came from a Dribbble shot by Maleika E. A.

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.breadcrumbs a{text-decoration:none;color:#444;position:relative;z-index:1;float:left;text-shadow:0 1px 0 rgba(255,255,255,.5);-moz-border-radius:0 100px 100px 0;-webkit-border-radius:0 100px 100px 0;border-radius:0 100px 100px 0;margin:0 -16px 0 0;padding:10px 22px 10px 30px}
.breadcrumbs a:nth-child(odd){border:1px solid #BFC0B0;box-shadow:4px 0 6px 0 #999A8A;background-image:linear-gradient(tobottomright,#BFC0B00%,#CECFC1100%)}
.breadcrumbs a:nth-child(even){color:#FFF;border:1px solid #999A8A;box-shadow:4px 0 6px 0 #BFC0B0;background-image:linear-gradient(tobottomright,#999A8A0%,#A5A895100%)}
.breadcrumbs a:nth-child(even):hover{color:#333}
.breadcrumbs a:nth-child(odd):hover{color:#FFF}
.breadcrumbs a:nth-child(2){z-index:29!important}
.breadcrumbs a:last-child{box-shadow:4px 0 6px 0 transparent!important}

Design III


All thanks to Showcaze for this

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.breadcrumbs{zoom:1;line-height:40px;height:40px;background-color:#FFF;background-image:linear-gradient(tobottom,#FFF,#EEE);-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px;-ms-border-radius:5px;-o-border-radius:5px;border-radius:5px;border:1px #CCC solid;-webkit-box-shadow:inset 0 -1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.3), 0 1px 5px rgba(0,0,0,0.1);-moz-box-shadow:inset 0 -1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.3), 0 1px 5px rgba(0,0,0,0.1);-ms-box-shadow:inset 0 -1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.3), 0 1px 5px rgba(0,0,0,0.1);-o-box-shadow:inset 0 -1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.3), 0 1px 5px rgba(0,0,0,0.1);box-shadow:inset 0 -1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.3), 0 1px 5px rgba(0,0,0,0.1);letter-spacing:2px;margin:0;padding:0}
.breadcrumbs a{color:#999}
.breadcrumbs > a{position:relative;height:40px;overflow:hidden;float:left;padding:0 40px 0 20px}
.breadcrumbs > a:after{content:'';position:absolute;right:8px;top:-1px;height:40px;width:40px;border-right:3px rgba(0,0,0,0.1) solid;border-bottom:3px rgba(0,0,0,0.1) solid;-webkit-transform:rotate(-45deg);-moz-transform:rotate(-45deg);-ms-transform:rotate(-45deg);-o-transform:rotate(-45deg);transform:rotate(-45deg)}
.breadcrumbs > a:before{content:'';position:absolute;right:11px;top:0;height:40px;width:40px;border-right:1px rgba(0,0,0,0.2) solid;border-bottom:1px rgba(0,0,0,0.2) solid;-webkit-transform:rotate(-45deg);-moz-transform:rotate(-45deg);-ms-transform:rotate(-45deg);-o-transform:rotate(-45deg);transform:rotate(-45deg)}
.breadcrumbs a :last-child{color:#333}
.breadcrumbs > a:last-child span:before,.breadcrumbs > a:last-child span:after{display:none}
.breadcrumbs a:hover{text-decoration:none!important}
.breadcrumbs span:hover{color:#666}
.breadcrumbs > a:hover:after{border-color:rgba(0,0,0,0.2)}
.breadcrumbs > a:hover:before{border-color:rgba(0,0,0,0.3)}
.breadcrumbs span{margin-top:1px;color:#999}

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Design IV

breadcrumb designed css3


Partly designed by me

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.breadcrumbs a span::after{background:#DDD;content:"";height:2.5em;margin-top:-1.25em;position:absolute;right:-1em;top:50%;width:2.5em;z-index:-1;-webkit-transform:rotate(45deg);-moz-transform:rotate(45deg);-ms-transform:rotate(45deg);-o-transform:rotate(45deg);transform:rotate(45deg);-moz-border-radius:.4em;-webkit-border-radius:.4em;border-radius:.4em}
.breadcrumbs a{text-decoration:none;color:#444;background:#DDD;position:relative;z-index:1;float:left;text-shadow:0 1px 0 rgba(255,255,255,.5);-moz-border-radius:.4em 0 0 .4em;-webkit-border-radius:.4em 0 0 .4em;border-radius:.4em 0 0 .4em;margin:0 2em 0 0;padding:.7em 1em .7em 2em}
.breadcrumbs a:hover,.breadcrumbs a:hover > span:after{background:#f1f1f1;color:#333}

Design V

breadcrumb design css3

Again special thanks to Showcaze for this awesome design

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.breadcrumbs > a{position:relative;float:left;margin-left:-36px;-moz-border-radius:18px;-webkit-border-radius:18px;-ms-border-radius:18px;-o-border-radius:18px;border-radius:18px;background-color:#FFF;background-image:linear-gradient(tobottom,#FFF,#EEE);-webkit-box-shadow:0 0 5px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);-moz-box-shadow:0 0 5px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);-ms-box-shadow:0 0 5px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);-o-box-shadow:0 0 5px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);box-shadow:0 0 5px rgba(0,0,0,0.5)}
.breadcrumbs> a:before{content:'';position:absolute;z-index:-1;left:-6px;top:-6px;width:100%;height:100%;background:#D5D5D5;-moz-border-radius:22px;-webkit-border-radius:22px;-ms-border-radius:22px;-o-border-radius:22px;border-radius:22px;border:1px #C5C5C5 solid;padding:5px}
.breadcrumbs > a > span{color:#666;float:left;padding:0 46px 0 40px}
.breadcrumbs a{list-style:none}
.breadcrumbs a::before,.breadcrumbs a::after,.breadcrumbs a span::before,.breadcrumbs a span::after{content:"";position:absolute;top:50%;left:0;display:none}
.breadcrumbs a span::before,.breadcrumbs a span::after{background:transparent;margin:-8px 0 0}
.breadcrumbs > a:last-child > span{color:#333;padding:0 46px 0 60px}
.breadcrumbs > a:hover,.breadcrumbs > a:last-child{background-color:#EEE;background-image:linear-gradient(tobottom,#EEE,#DDD)}
.breadcrumbs > a:hover > span{color:#FFF;padding:0 66px 0 60px}
.breadcrumbs > a:last-child:hover > span{padding:0 46px 0 60px}
.breadcrumbs a:nth-child(2){z-index:31!important}
.breadcrumbs a:nth-child(3){z-index:32!important}

Do you have any other designs to add to these ? Feel free to add them via the comments , I will surely do a another post about them. Lastly if you are having any kind of problems then feel free to express them below

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Rounaj said...

Awsssssoooomme Tutorial .. I think you are the best Blogging Customizer in field of Blogger in India ... I am proud have a friend like you ... :)

Unknown said...

First time seeing this type of navi really very cool post thx for sharing

Thanks for the compliment Rounak , I am truly flattered by your words ^_^

But in reality there are so many people in India who are much better than me in this field

I am also proud to have a friend like you :)

Thanks Ashish

I am glad that you liked them

i ♥ it
keep creativity master \m/

Parigh said...

Awesome..thanks for sharing but is it good for SEO or not??

Rounaj said...


really Awesome list thanks for sharing this :)

Anonymous said...

Your CSS Skill Amazing Brother

Keep it up Your Work

and Congrats Study Life

nice... i like it

Hello my friend Prayag,Nice article really I like it great day 4U and keep in touch.
From INDONESIA with smile.

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You must deserve it.

I think tnx is not enough to appreciate your work. But right now i can't give you anything without tnx 4ndzz :)

Hi, Prayag:
I've written an article about how to combine the CSS3 styles featured here into a WordPress breadcrumb function that can be used on WordPress blogs without the need for a plugin.

Just thought some of your visitors might like to know: How to Make WordPress CSS3 Style Breadcrumb Navigation Without a Plugin

Cheers, and thanks for a great showcase of CSS3!
- Brian

Hi there. Really a great post. I appreciate your writing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

thanks for sharing but is it good for SEO or not??

I like it great day 4U and keep in touch.

The 5 css3 breadcrumb design has been described in the post here. Know all about it

thanks for sharing this good for SEO


Great work dude, u gave nice post to us. Thanks for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic.

cara diet said...

thanks for sharing

Thank you for such an easy to use tutorial. I'm moving a site from old-school html to Wordpress. Design III works a dream. Made it a little shorter though as the current 40px height does tend to take over the page a bit.