quick update, looked at the admin gui (context tab) again, and there is /php/ static handler there, so I copied that, and added index.php under the general tab. At this point, after graceful restart, I can see a wordpress error page.
this tells me now I'm getting the PHP executed, but now it says it can't connect to the database. I had the apache running under user www-data etc. LiteSpeed runs under nobody/nogroup. Do you think it could be this?
I checked commandline mysql and the database is fine the password is fine and the tables are there. no changes to wp-config.php were made and the user/pass are the same pointing to the "localhost" do I need to give it the IP (ip2.187 for my blogdomain.com) ?? it should be fine without it..
sorry for the rants, its getting late in the evening I suppose.