This lets you automatically create a breadcrumb trail navigation through PHP and mySQL, that would look something like:
Home >> Parrots >> Red Parrots
This type of dynamic breadcrumb trail is only possible when you are storing the menu items (or categories) in a table, that contains at least a name, a category id number and a parent category id number.

<?php
/* ---------------------------------------------- */
/* ------------ BEGIN PHP SNIPPET ----------------*/
/* ---------------------------------------------- */
// $this_cat_id: the current category id number
// $flarn: just a counter, call it as 0 in your
// function call and forget about it
// $keep_cat_id: the cat id number again - so that
// it can decide whether to make a
// category a link at the top while you're in the
// "product" page

function get_crumbs($this_cat_id, $flarn, $keep_cat_id) {

$link_to_page=$_SERVER[‘PHP_SELF’];
if (!isset(
$this_cat_id)) {
// if we are already “home”, dont make home a link
$this_cat_id =“0”;
echo
“Home << “;
}
// get the info and parent id for whatever category
// we’re currently in

$sql = “SELECT id, parent_id, name from categories “;
$sql .=“where id = $this_cat_id”;

$show_crumb_trail = mysql_query($sql);
$num_crumbs = mysql_num_rows($show_crumb_trail);

// if we actually have some results….
if ($num_crumbs > 0) {
list(
$cat_id, $cat_parent, $cat_name) = mysql_fetch_row($show_crumb_trail);
$cat_id_array[$flarn] = $cat_id;
$cat_parent_id_array[$flarn] = $cat_parent;
$cat_name_array[$flarn] = $cat_name;
if (
$cat_id_array[$flarn] > 0) {
mysql_free_result($show_crumb_trail);
// increment $next by one
$next = $flarn+1;
if (
$flarn == 0 ) {
echo
“Home << “;
}
// now lets call the function again to loop through
// the other categories
// until we’re left with none
get_crumbs($cat_parent_id_array[$flarn], $next, $keep_cat_id);

// Since $keep_cat_id is the id number of original
// category we’re in,
// now we check to see whether or not we have to
// make the real category
// name a link or not
// (If we’re looking at the main category display,
// we wouldn’t have to,
// since we’re already *in* the category.  This is
// more useful for when you have a product
// display page, that way the link back to the
// category that item or  product lives in
// will be created
if ($keep_cat_id==$cat_id_array[$flarn]) {
echo
$cat_name_array[$flarn];
} else {
echo
“$cat_name_array[$flarn] << “;
}
}
}
}
?>

You would call the function using something like this:

<php get_crumbs($_REQUEST['cat_id'], "0", $_REQUEST['cat_id']; ?>

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  • Stowell

    it works fine to me, my question is how deeper this breadcrumbs?

  • Stowell

    it works fine to me, my question is how deeper this breadcrumbs?

  • I’m sorry, I’m not sure what you’re asking – can you clarify?

  • I’m sorry, I’m not sure what you’re asking – can you clarify?