I have many hundreds of articles in MS Word format going back ~24 years. The formatting is simple (mostly just text; some hyperlinks) and I have created some VBA code to convert them to clean HTML. Most convert fully, and prompts can enter publication date, keywords, categories, etc. The process works fine for creating simple HTML web pages.
I would like to use WordPress to manage the articles. I assume I would need to modify my VBA a bit to create different HTML-like files, but I'm unclear about how WordPress would deal with a folder full of structured files to present them as if they were dated blog posts with categories -- and allow a reader to search on the content.
When I examine the source code for sample themes and blogs I like, the content seems to be wrapped within the WordPress theme code but are the individual posts are being assembled from a database?
What do I need with each article to make it conform to whatever standards WordPress needs for including it? Are there resources showing this?
Perhaps more importantly, am I on the right track here or do I need something more complicated?