How ever you determine the range of exposures required to capture your scene, you can capture those brackets in any number of ways, from fully automated (like Promote Control) to fully manual.
Most of the time I shoot on a tripod and advance the exposure manually. Setting up an AEB sequence is not necessary.
I take a couple of test shots at the bookends of my bracket, and then set the exposure for one end of the sequence and shoot the bracket. Depending on your camera and the settings for it, your shutter speed will be adjusted in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments - mine is set to 1/3, for example. So, I take my first shot, then click-click-click of the shutter speed dial (1 stop change) take the next shot, click-click-click, etc. You can shoot a 7 image bracket in a few seconds (assuming the exposure for your scene allows reasonably short shutter speeds across the sequence) without having to worry about setting up the AEB, advancing it, worrying about which order things are being shot in, etc.
The only time I use a remote or take more precautions is when the shutter speeds get pretty long for the shadow exposures - then I might shoot manually but with a 2 second timer and mirror lock up. In those situations, I would use the Promote Control, where the set up of extra hardware is worth the effort.
As always, remember that you must fix your white balance, ISO and aperture and only change your shutter speed. It is also best to fix your focus as well - as in, once you have composed and focused your scene, disable auto-focus. You can use the same methodology described above (shoot, click-click-click) when shooting handheld as well, as long as the shutter speeds do not get too long. Most HDR applications have fairly robust alignment algorithms that will account for small changes in camera position, etc.