I'm using the L1 plan, and the server api is using CGI, was wondering if dreamhost is considering using Apache. i read another post saying running as Apache isn't the default, so I assume there's a way to change it?thank you
No, dreamhost uses apache. You can set if php is run as CGI or an apache module. In either case you're using apache.
The version running as an Apache mod has more features disabled than with CGI (though there are some quirks with CGI.)