I am wondering, there are a few files I have kept outside of the root directory in a different directory and I am trying to use a HTML form to post info to a php file that sits OUTSIDE the root directory
Is that possible? If so, how?
Make a proxy script... something which is inside the web directory, but all it does is include the appropriate "protected" file:
<?php include "../secret/form_handler.php";
... <form action="form_handler.php"> ...
This is, in fact, how many sites are setup (in essence at least). It is typical to place most of your scripts outside the DOCROOT like this for in the rare case where Apache or similar does not parse your PHP (i.e. if it is misconfigured), it doesn't inadvertently send your source code.