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I setup in google search console my domain for simplifychurch.com.

i also setup for the non-www version to be the preferred version.

However, i just did a Domain Authority check using Moz tools and found that the www. has an authority of 12, and the non-www how 0.

i'd prefer the non-www to be my primary, but what do i need to do to fix and update everything?
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First make sure you've 301'd the www version to the non-www version. This will prevent any duplicate content/indexing issues.

Here's a fun site dedicated to the championing of no-www domain configurations:
http://no-www.org/

The 301 htaccess code from their site:
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.(.+)$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://%1/$1 [R=301,L]

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However, i just did a Domain Authority check using Moz tools and found that the www. has an authority of 12, and the non-www how 0.

The www version has probably been linked to, so it's achieved some domain authority. Just make sure that you're linking to the no-www version, anywhere that you control the links (ie. on-site, social media, etc.) and eventually the domain authority will improve on the no-www.
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