I saw on WordPress.com's theme customizer has this little blue (with a pencil icon in it) edit icon, they are SUPER user friendly! But seems default wordpress.org installation does not have it! Is this some sort of widget or plugin I can install to turn on this sort of little blue edit icon?


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I just had the same issue and with a little googling I found the following solution:

// Add the selective part
$wp_customize->selective_refresh->add_partial( 'your_theme_second_logo', array(
    'selector' => '#yourID', // You can also select a css class
) );

After you add the custom settings, you need to tell to WordPress what settings you want to manage with selective refresh.

For example, I wanted to add a second logo, right next to the main logo so I added the following code:

/* Customizer fields */
function your_theme_customizer_settings($wp_customize) {

// Add a setting to upload partners logo, right next to our logo

// Add the field informations
    new WP_Customize_Image_Control( 
            'label' => __('Upload second ', 'textdomain'),
            'description' => __( 'Some description', 'textdomain'),
            'section' => 'title_tagline',
            'settings' => 'your_theme_second_logo',

// Add the selective part
$wp_customize->selective_refresh->add_partial( 'your_theme_second_logo', array(
    'selector' => '#yourID', // You can also select a css class
) );


// Customizer action
add_action('customize_register', 'your_theme_customizer_settings');

After you do all the backend part, you need to move to frontend. In order to have a visible edit button in case of empty field (no picture selected, in this case), you need to wrap the field into some wrapper. I used a span wrapper with yourID id.

<span id="yourID">
<?php /* Partner logo */

    $headPartner = get_theme_mod( 'your_theme_second_logo' ); 

    if ( !empty($headPartner) ) {

        echo '<img src="' . $headPartner . '" alt="Your Partner">';



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