so in my effort to get this site working again, i sent an email to tech support for help. here is the answer i got:
guy #1: “The wordpress db should be still allright, try to create another WP installation, and hook it up to the same mysql db.”
me: “how do i do that?”
guy #2: “it means that you will need to create a new wordpress installation and try connecting that installation to the same database as the current wordpress.”
thank you sooo much for repeating what the first guy said and not telling me a damn thing.