I'm building a site with Panels (and Panels Everywhere, with a custom theme based on Precision) and trying to customize the breadcrumbs for particular nodes based on their content type.

The Crumbs module looks like it does what I need, and I've been able to make it work perfectly on a test site in Garland, but as soon as I switch to using Panels, the Crumbs breadcrumbs aren't being used.

Specifically, it looks like the "Breadcrumb" Page Element Content provided by ctools doesn't use the Crumbs breadcrumb trail. Somehow crumbs_preprocess_page is being completely suppressed.

Can these two modules be made to work together? I don't see any open issues for Crumbs, or any comments on the troubleshooting page at http://drupal.org/node/1008658, so I have to think that someone has made this work.

(Drupal 7.18, Panels 1.2, CTools 3.3, and Crumbs 1.8)

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Crumbs provides a "Breadcrumb (Crumbs)" block that you should be able to use.

  • That's definitely interesting.. I will take a look for that; I though that I had checked all of the categories in the 'Add Content' dialog, but perhaps I managed to overlook it. Is this a new (dev?) feature, or should it exist in 7.x-1.8? Jan 21, 2013 at 6:22
  • Thanks Bojan -- that worked perfectly (once I remembered to clear cache :) ). Jan 21, 2013 at 17:03
  • Looks like this was committed in November, but didn't make the 1.8 release, so it's only in 7.x-1.x-dev for now. drupal.org/node/1822956 is the relevant issue. Jan 21, 2013 at 17:06
  • Ah, sorry, I thought it was in the latest release. I guess it's time for a new one. Jan 21, 2013 at 21:11
  • It is in the 1.9 release. Some of the previous releases were "hotfix", so they didn't include new features.
    – donquixote
    Feb 8, 2013 at 2:53

I am not sure about Crumbs, but there is Panels Breadcrumbs. It lets you set breadcrumbs for each panel page within panels configuration, and your breadcrumbs can be exported with Features.

  • Panels Breadcrumbs doesn't seem to provide any way to use a node's position in a menu to construct breadcrumbs, as far as I can tell, which I need for certain (but not all) content types. Otherwise, I'd be using it, since it definitely does work with Panels Everywhere. Jan 21, 2013 at 6:19

What about using the Custom Breadcrumbs module instead? I've used it successfully with Panels without incident.

From the project page:

"Many new features have been added including support for Views, Panels, Taxonomy vocabularies and terms, paths, and a simple API that allows contributed modules to enable custom breadcrumbs for module pages and theme templates. These are implemented using optional, independent submodules that depend on the main Custom Breadcrumbs module."

Further, Custom Breadcrumbs has more than 30,000 installations, while Crumbs only has about 4,000, so you may find that issues are better documented as well.

For further reference: Comparison of breadcrumb-related modules

  • FYI: Custom Breadcrumbs is likely to be deprecated in favour of Path Breadcrumbs :)
    – Chapabu
    Jan 20, 2013 at 18:57
  • 2
    Crumbs is the only regularly maintained and well written breadcrumb module in Drupal (apologies if you maintain one I haven't seen yet). Custom Breadcrumbs is a disaster. (Disclaimer: I have commit access to Crumbs due to contributing to it after having to remove Custom Breadcrumbs from Kickstart v2) Also note that I haven't tried the mentioned Path Breadcrumbs. Jan 20, 2013 at 23:13

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