Need to manually upgrade an old Joomla 1.5.9 site (jUpgrade does not work)

Good afternoon,

I've have read a number of posts regarding the need to upgrade a Joomla 1.5.9 site. I've tried jUpgrade but it will not work with version 1.5.9. I have installed a 3rd party add-on called Admin Tools that is supposed to handle the upgrade, however that has failed as well.

When searching for exactly how to apply the 1.5.0 -> 1.5.26 stable patch I'm reading that the files need to be expanded and then FTP's with "file overwrite" function specified. I have also tried this, however the site is STILL at version 1.5.9.

Is there somebody available that I can pay to handle this mess? Or is there a site that has exactly what is needed to accomplish this task? When we try to import the database is a new Joomla site running 2.5 we're getting errors, therefore it has bee suggested that we start by upgrading our outdated Joomla site.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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first step -
do a FULL backup.
You need to backup all your files as they are now on the server AND your databases.

When you have this - take your site offline.
The easiest way of doing this is to put up a index file that has 'this site is offline for update and will be back in 3 hours' or something like that.  Add in your logo and colour scheme if you want it to look like your site (a good idea).

Remove the existing site (all except this new 'offline' file
Now download the full latest files from the Joomla website and install them on your site
Do a fresh install - but point to the existing database.
It should now be upgraded.
When it goes to put in the main file (probably index.php) rename this to 'index2.php' so you can test the site without removing your index.php file that is currently saying 'offline'
to all your customers.
Poly11Author Commented:
But what about all of the components, plugins and images? Is there a way to perform an upgrade without having to manually transfer everything back into place? This site is a monster and I'm sure a good number of the plugins will have an issue, but that's something we can deal with once it's upgraded.

No - it is probably the plugins that are stopping it from auto upgrading.
You need to get it upgraded manually this way and then reinstall any plugins you need.
It would be good to download and check they are compatible (by reading the pages and notes) before starting this upgrade.

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Poly11Author Commented:
Ok, that whole process worked, but now jupgrade will not do the task of taking me to Joomla Version 2.5. What a POS. I am ready to pay somebody to take care of this as I know it's not "rocket science", however I do not have the time to learn about this.

Is there a solution available for jupdate not responding? From what I am reading if I see all of the buttons on the page that means there's an issue. Mootools is installed (and by the way the only plug in available was in a different language). That sebold site no longer has the downloader.

Is there a solution for this issue that anybody can think of? Would anybody like to take charge of this issue and make some cash?

Poly11Author Commented:
Thank you for your help. I am going to create another post for the issue regarding upgrade to Joomla 2.5. Thx
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