I have to learn all these secret easter eggs and special programming language
You really don't, unless you want to. There are absolutely fantastic "corporate web site" oriented WordPress themes available from any number of reputable commercial sources that allow you to choose every sidebar, navigation, page type, slider, gallery, portfolio, layout combination and short-code features you can think of. And man do I love developers that nest their themes short-code options in the WordPress editor! Talk about making folks like me look like a wizard!
All that at the convenience of a minimal learning curve that usually involves only little more than a point-and-click learning requirement. And there is an abundance of quality themes out there being offered for less than $50.00 US.
I have been doing this in MS Word, for crying out loud,since the previous century
That's definitely an "old school", die-hard skill to be admired. MS Word is a word processor, not a web content creator; as much as MS would like folks to think that it is, it isn't. It never has been. Even Front Page was wonky. My hat comes off to anyone who can put that content on a real web site without repeatedly stabbing himself in the eye over the MSO formatting errors that so commonly plague the effort.
Take some time to explore some of the commercial themes that are out there. You'll be surprised just how rapidly WordPress can become "turbocharged", and with how little effort it really takes to get a handle on the features that come with a well crafted theme. They give you the tools and options to focus more on content management than blogging and coding.
- Just my two cents. (Sorry.. Too much coffee today, I think!) :-)