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Jake Bolton
Jake Bolton
1,956 Points

Page Parent and Child title in Wordpress


I'd like to be able to echo out the title of the parent of a page in the header, except on the actually parent page.

So if child: parent > child page title

if parent > page title

I've tried this but unfortunately I get a duplicate of the page title on the parent page.

Hope someone can help.

Thanks, Jake

1 Answer

Sue Dough
Sue Dough
35,800 Points

It sounds like your looking for breadcrumbs. The YOAST plugin has a built in option for breadcrumbs and all you would need to do is copy/paste a small snippet they offer.

Otherwise you could put this in a custom plugin or functions.php

   function the_breadcrumb() {
    global $post;
    echo '<ul id="breadcrumbs">';
    if (!is_home()) {
        echo '<li><a href="';
        echo get_option('home');
        echo '">';
        echo 'Home';
        echo '</a></li><li class="separator"> / </li>';
        if (is_category() || is_single()) {
            echo '<li>';
            the_category(' </li><li class="separator"> / </li><li> ');
            if (is_single()) {
                echo '</li><li class="separator"> / </li><li>';
                echo '</li>';
        } elseif (is_page()) {
                $anc = get_post_ancestors( $post->ID );
                $title = get_the_title();
                foreach ( $anc as $ancestor ) {
                    $output = '<li><a href="'.get_permalink($ancestor).'" title="'.get_the_title($ancestor).'">'.get_the_title($ancestor).'</a></li> <li class="separator">/</li>';
                echo $output;
                echo '<strong title="'.$title.'"> '.$title.'</strong>';
            } else {
                echo '<li><strong> '.get_the_title().'</strong></li>';
    elseif (is_tag()) {single_tag_title();}
    elseif (is_day()) {echo"<li>Archive for "; the_time('F jS, Y'); echo'</li>';}
    elseif (is_month()) {echo"<li>Archive for "; the_time('F, Y'); echo'</li>';}
    elseif (is_year()) {echo"<li>Archive for "; the_time('Y'); echo'</li>';}
    elseif (is_author()) {echo"<li>Author Archive"; echo'</li>';}
    elseif (isset($_GET['paged']) && !empty($_GET['paged'])) {echo "<li>Blog Archives"; echo'</li>';}
    elseif (is_search()) {echo"<li>Search Results"; echo'</li>';}
    echo '</ul>';

Then put this in the template you want it to display.

<?php the_breadcrumb(); ?>