I'm setting up a brand new SharePoint 2013 server and site, but haven't personally touched SharePoint since 2007. I don't want to use Windows Auth or any Active Directory for user management. Which, I believe, is leading me towards forms-based authentication (FBA) as the best option.
This article details all the steps to setting it up: http://sharepointsolutions.blogspot.com/2012/08/configuring-forms-based-authentication.html
Also I found the SharePoint 2013 FBA Pack (not released yet, but step-by-steps): http://blogs.visigo.com/chriscoulson/configuring-forms-based-authentication-in-sharepoint-2013-part-1-creating-the-membership-database/
This just seems like a lot of work when all I want is to create a few users and have them able to log in. I'm not even sure once I do the steps above whether user management can be performed within the SharePoint site, which I would really like to have, if possible.
Is this the best way to accomplish my goal? Any help/advice is greatly appreciated.