Thanks for the quick response!
Basically, I need a place to store my config information (database passwords) so that my site can access them as it retrieves info from the database. This is my first time creating such a site, so any security help would be appreciated. In particular, can you clarify "shouldn't be on a public server"? I guess I'm not sure what the difference is between a "public" server and my "remote" server.
Thanks for help with such noobish questions